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Stamford raft race trophies presented by inventor Colin Furze as Kiwanis raise money for local causes





Teams raced along the river tackling rocks and reeds when they took part in a new community event.

A raft race was the main focus of Stamford’s Big Day Out at the town meadows on Sunday (June 30).

It was hosted by the Stamford Kiwanis as a replacement to the long-running parade of floats and attracted hundreds of spectators who lined the riverbank to watch the action.

Stamford firefighters were first to take on the course
Stamford firefighters were first to take on the course

Nine teams built their own rafts to race along the Welland, starting from the Freeman’s Meadow and ending at the Cattle Market bridge.

Everyone crossed the finish line but not everyone stayed dry with a few teams capsizing and everyone getting a hose down from the town’s fire engine on the home straight.

A group of leaders from 2nd Stamford Scouts won the race with a time of nine minutes.

Leaders from 2nd Stamford Scouts received their trophy from inventor Colin Furze
Leaders from 2nd Stamford Scouts received their trophy from inventor Colin Furze

Stamford Fire Station and the Water Warriors were joint second finishing in 11 minutes followed by Simon Barker Pluming and Heating (13 min), Newborough Young Farmers and Harmony on the Water (14 min), Stamford College Old Buoys (16 min), Tug Life (19 min) and Raft and Furious (22 min).

Teams from Stamford College Old Boys RFC won trophies for the best decorated raft and for the tug of war competition which followed. The Water Warriors won both trophies in the mixed age category for the fastest time and the best decorated raft.

The medals and trophies were presented by Stamford inventor Colin Furze alongside commentary from Rutland and Stamford Sound radio presenters.

The Big Day Out also featured live music from local performers, children’s fairground rides, an inflatable football dartboard manned by One Touch Football, food stalls and charity stalls including Birch Tree Cafe and The Evergreen Care Trust.

Teams race to the finish
Teams race to the finish

The event was free to attend but donations made on the day will go towards local causes supported by the Kiwanis. In the past they have given money to the scouts and guides, The Evergreen Care Trust, primary schools, playgroups, Stamford Foodbank and a Downs Syndrome support group. Donations can be made via the Stamford Kiwanis website.

There is another opportunity for teams to compete in the Deepings Raft Race next month. It takes place on Sunday, August 4 between Deeping St James and Market Deeping. This year’s theme is children’s television and entry details are available at www.deepingsraftrace.co.uk

The event was organised by Stamford Kiwanis
The event was organised by Stamford Kiwanis
Leaders from 2nd Stamford Scouts cruised to victory
Leaders from 2nd Stamford Scouts cruised to victory
The Water Warriors won two trophies
The Water Warriors won two trophies
Newborough Young Farmers nearing the finish line
Newborough Young Farmers nearing the finish line
The entry from Simon Barker Plumbing and Heating
The entry from Simon Barker Plumbing and Heating
Getting left behind
Getting left behind
Teams meet on the river
Teams meet on the river
Rafters try to get back on board
Rafters try to get back on board
Friendly rivalry between the teams
Friendly rivalry between the teams
Not everyone stayed dry
Not everyone stayed dry
Spectators cheer on the teams
Spectators cheer on the teams
All of the rafts made it to the finish line
All of the rafts made it to the finish line
Newborough Young Farmers make their way down the river
Newborough Young Farmers make their way down the river
Team Tug Life
Team Tug Life
The Stamford College Old Buoys team
The Stamford College Old Buoys team
Crowds line the river bank to watch the race
Crowds line the river bank to watch the race
Crowds watch the tug of war
Crowds watch the tug of war
Ready for the tug of war
Ready for the tug of war
Newborough Young Farmers in the tug of war
Newborough Young Farmers in the tug of war
Stamford firefighters take the strain
Stamford firefighters take the strain
Colin Furze presents an award to Stamford College Old Boys RFC
Colin Furze presents an award to Stamford College Old Boys RFC
Winners from Stamford College Old Boys RFC
Winners from Stamford College Old Boys RFC
The Water Warriors won trophies in the mixed age category.
The Water Warriors won trophies in the mixed age category.
Inventor Colin Furze with Rutland and Stamford Sound presenter Rob Persani
Inventor Colin Furze with Rutland and Stamford Sound presenter Rob Persani

What did you think of the Stamford Kiwanis Big Day Out? Let us know in the comments below.



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