A determined team of rowers representing Coombs Sports & Social Club arrived at Mote Park early Sunday morning (3rd July) for the annual charity event promoted by the Kent Messenger.
Andrew Stringer (Chairman of Coombs Sports & Social Club) says, ” We decided that this year we would choose Catching Lives as our charity to raise money for and one such way was through this event. The team were ready for the first qualifying round after refuelling their engines with bacon rolls and strong coffee in which we were narrowly pipped to 2nd place out of the 4 boats competing, with a respectable time of 1 min 1 second. We were also joined by Emma (Outreach Worker at Catching Lives).
With a team talk from our Captain and event organiser, Garry Edwards, the ‘Coombs Cruisers’ dug in hard and raced to victory in the 2nd heat achieving 1st place with an improved timing of 59 seconds which was a fantastic effort!
It was not long before we were lining up on the grid again, not before nearly capsizing the vessel as we all jumped into position to take up our oars. Competition was strong and despite our hard work and meticulous beating of the pace by our drummer, Keith Jarrett, we came in second place with the two remaining dragon boats hot on our tail.
The weather was great for the day and we were joined by supporters old and new for picnic and socialising between races. Unfortunately, we did not make the cut for the fastest 8 teams who went on to the finals, but we all had an excellent time nonetheless.
Sincere thanks to all the team, supporters, friends and family who came along together with all those who sponsored our participation in aid of “Catching Lives”. Particular appreciation must also go to Sam De-Buriatte and Nicola Jarrett for publicising the event and their help with the fundraising generally.
The total amount raised by the team and all involved currently exceeds £1,100 and our “Just Giving” page will remain live for the next week or so if you would still like to support this worthy cause by visiting here