Competitors taking part in last year’s Leeds Dragon Boat Race at Roundhay Park
Competitors taking part in last year’s Leeds Dragon Boat Race at Roundhay Park

Dragon Boat Race launches for Martin House

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Make a splash for cash and take part in the Dragon Boat Race to raise money for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

The hospice is calling for teams to sign up for its hugely popular Dragon Boat Race at Roundhay Park, which takes place on Sunday 19th May.

One of Martin House’s most popular events, the Dragon Boat Race sees up to 42 teams take to Waterloo Lake to compete in a day of races.

Teams of 10, plus a drummer to keep time, paddle a 30ft Chinese dragon boat on the 200m course, for a chance to be crowned this year’s champions.

Ellie Barker, events fundraiser at Martin House, said:

Leeds Dragon Boat Race is such an exciting to take part in. Our teams get to compete in at least three races throughout the day, and they can also register to take part in our tug o’ war contest.

It’s a fantastic day out for all the family, as well as races to enjoy all day, there’s a funfair and face painting, plus plenty of refreshments.

Teams are encouraged to dress up for the contest, with prizes for the best fancy dress and best fundraising team, as well as the tug o’ war and dragon boat race winners.

This year’s race is sponsored by the Leeds Bus Workers branch of Unite the Union, while Napoleon’s Casino in Leeds is sponsoring the tug o’ war competition.

Ellie added:

The support of our sponsors is so important to us, as it means more of the money people raise will go to care for children and young people from this area. It costs more than £8 million to run Martin House, so every penny we raise is crucial.

Martin House cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, as well as supporting their families. Its care includes respite stays, emergency care and end of life care, as well as bereavement support.

Dragon Boat Race teams need at least 10 rowers, plus a drummer to keep time. It costs £350 to register a team, who are each asked to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship, and costs a further £65 to enter the tug o’ war.

For more information or to book a place, contact or visit

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