Dragon Boat Race to breathe fire into Lord Mayor’s Appeal


How To Tame Your Dragon shouldn’t just be a hit DreamWorks film, it’s also a fitting title for a manual all rowers should familiarise themselves with ahead of this year’s Dragon Boat Race Day in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Teams will descend on Essex’s Fairlop Waters on 28 September, looking to harness the power of the dragon to cruise to victory and land the coveted Lord Mayor’s Cup.

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The race is now in its second year after capturing the imagination in its inaugural running

Billed as the perfect occasion for the City’s livery companies, charities and corporate institutions “to unify, compete and inspire all for a better society”, the fundraiser is now in its second year.

And organiser Lady Lenzie is positive this year’s instalment will eclipse the £10,000 raised by the inaugural race.

“It is undoubtedly a day to mark in the diary,” she said.

“It may seem out on the horizon now but we know from first-hand experience that the competition is fierce, and will be again this time around.

“This is a unique event – even among the imaginative catalogue of Lord Mayor’s Appeal fundraisers – so be sure to find out how you can join #DragonFest today.”

Email organisers on [email protected] and join the conversation on social media with #DragonFest.

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Last year’s race day was full of pageantry