Dannii Hutchins
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Successful Dragon Boat Race

Dannii Hutchins
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30 Jun 2016

Last weekend on 26th June 2016, Trustee of Bloodwise John Reeve organized another successful Dragon Boat Race in Chelmsford.

Last weekend on 26th June 2016, Trustee of Bloodwise John Reeve organized another successful Dragon Boat Race in Chelmsford. 

John and his wife Sandra sadly lost their son, Tim, in 2006 following an acute leukaemia diagnosis. The couple, along with friends and family have been fundraising and raising vital awareness ever since.To mark the 10-year anniversary, they have planned 10 fundraising events to help smash their £500,000 fundrasing target set back in 2006 and last weekend’s Dragon Boat Race was one of the events that makes up the Ten for Tim Challenge.

The theme for this year was suitably Euro 2016, with 20 teams from local businesses and groups donning their best European attire, jumping into their hired Dragon boats and racing along the river through the city centre. Crowds gathered along the river banks and bridges to cheer on the participants as they battled through the heat rounds throughout the day.

Whilst the tournament was taking place, there was plenty for spectators to get involved in, including Human Table Football, the Bungee Challenge, face painting, storytelling and a bouncy castle for the little ones, creating a wonderful family outing for local supporters.

In the end it was Tees Law a.k.a Italy who were victorious by producing an impressive time of 37.78 seconds in the final round, closely followed by The Meadows Shopping Centre (Switzerland) and Birkett Long (France).

Sadly our very own England, represented on the day by Essex Audi fell to unlucky number 13th place in the Dragon Boat tournament, only to be eliminated from the Euro 2016 Championship the evening afterwards. Coincidence?

Race organisers had more success than England's national football team however as the whole day has so far raised an incredible £14,762 with further sponsorship from the teams still coming in.

Thank you to all those involved in organising such a wonderful event including the committee behind all the logistics, Gable Events for providing all that was needed for the tournament, volunteers from the Bloodwise family and of course, the teams, their families and the spectators of Chelmsford for supporting Bloodwise.