Get ready for Nottingham’s Dragon Boat Challenge!

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On the 5th August, Nottingham will once again be graced by the sight of 50 crews battling it out on the water to win the thrilling Dragon Boat Challenge.

The time has come to sign up for the eagerly anticipated event, which East Midlands Business Link and Notts TV are partnering with, where up to 10 people will paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time, and a provided helm at the tail steering a straight course.

Perhaps you don’t think you have the training to participate? Well good news, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit!

Even if you don’t take the coveted first place trophy that the BWB Trent Torpedoes took last year, you still have a chance at winning best fancy dress, or becoming the Charity Champions for raising the most money for the very worthy cause Rainbows.

Rainbows is the only hospice in the East Midlands providing care and support to children with life-limiting illnesses from across the region.

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is Gable Events’s partner for the challenge, and by entering, you could make a real difference for over 380 children and their families from across the East Midland. The money raised will help these families make the most of the time they have together, and you will be allowing precious memories to be made and treasured forever.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said: The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere.

“More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows is able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. With only a small amount of guaranteed funding, your support at events like this makes it possible for us to help and care for those families who need it most.”

You can enter the Dragon Boat Challenge by completing an entry form. There are also three tiers of entry: standard, silver and gold.

Standard entry to the Nottingham Dragon Boat Challenge includes: all the equipment you will need, a chance to participate in a minimum of 3 races, the wonderful entertainment of the Riverside Festival, a souvenir programme, a trophy and medals if you place, and a meal at Forty Four Bridgford in Nottingham if you raising the most money for the wonderful Rainbows Hospice.

Silver entry includes all of the above plus your name and/or logo on each side of one of the dragon boats at the Challenge, a presentation photograph of your team, acknowledgment in the Challenge commentary, and acknowledgment as a Silver crew on the Challenge website, social media sites, crew managers pack, souvenir programme and results board.

Gold entry includes everything from standard and silver entry, but with the addition of a team gazebo with 11 chairs at the Festival, a full page advert in the colour souvenir programme, acknowledgment in the Challenge commentary, and acknowledgment as a Gold crew on the Challenge website, social media sites, crew managers pack, souvenir programme and results board.

No matter which package you choose the event is all in good fun and for an amazing cause, so why not sign up today!

For an entry form or more information visit, or call Gable events on 01780470718

For further information about Rainbows Hospice, you can call Tom on 01509 283919, email him at, or visit