Rowers had a flaming good time racing dragon boats for charity cash.

Some 34 teams raised up to £40,000 for local charities at the sixth annual Rotary Club Dragon Boat Race, at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, on July 12.

The overall winner was Iveridge Health Club, Leeds, which crossed the lake in the fastest time of 55.34 seconds.

Iveridge’s women’s team also won the ladies’ prize at the event organised by the rotary clubs of Huddersfield and Wakefield Chantry.

Beaumont Legal, meanwhile, won the ‘best dressed team’ prize.

John Denham, of Huddersfield Rotary Club, said: “The sun shone all day; the supporters roared their teams on and the rowers splashed their way to the finishing line in each race.

“It was a fun day out raising between £30,000 and £40,000 for local charities.

“The sun shone brightly, the crowds were enthusiastic and the participants, in various costumes, rowed their hearts out.”

Dragon Boat Race at Pugneys Lake, Wakefield, organised by Huddersfield and Wakefield rotary clubs
Dragon Boat Race at Pugneys Lake, Wakefield, organised by Huddersfield and Wakefield rotary clubs
 

Special guests this year included double Paralympic skier Sean Rose, Mayor of Kirklees Clr Ken Smith and a rotary club district governor.

Mr Rose, also a waterskier and supporter of Wings for Life spinal cord research charity, helped row the Huddersfield Rotary Club boat.

Among those also taking part was Huddersfield explorer Mike Dann.

Longwood-based Mr Dann and his team were rescued from an attempt to cross the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland earlier this year entirely by snow kite.

Pugneys Lake, however, proved to be less challenging.

Mr Dann, 35, said: “We had a good day and a good laugh.

“I think we ate too much pork and drank too much cider to perform at our best.

“There was beautiful weather and I didn’t need rescuing this time!

“Sean also did really well. He’s in a wheelchair but has strong arms. You wouldn’t want to waste him as a cox.”

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