Dragon boats roar on to the river at Twickenham for third annual race

First published in Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Dragon boats full of character made a splash on Twickenham riverside at the weekend, as teams fought out the third annual race.

Twickenham Scouts took the top prize, a Star Wars mask donated by Andrew Ainsworth and presented by Eel Pie Island inventor Trevor Baylis, with a time of one minute, 31.44 seconds.

But they were run close by Teddington Sub Aqua Club, who secured a time of one minute, 31.75 seconds.

Scout leader John Soames said: “We are pleased that by applying the values of teamwork and commitment they learn in scouting, the young people have seen they can achieve beyond what would seem possible.”

The races took place on Saturday afternoon and included teams entered from Reeds Exhibitions, Treasury Wines, London Scottish and Richmond Rink.

Twickenham Alive sponsored the races themselves after difficulty in securing funding.

Trevor Baylis presented the trophy but the coveted prize was a Star Wars mask donated by Andrew Ainsworth.

Organiser Teresa Read said: “We would like to thank Mark Montgomery-Smith for providing the pontoons free of charge and Spear in Heath Road for assisting in bringing in teams.

“The day was a great success with many of the team members enjoying dragon boat racing for the first time.”

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