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October 24th 2017

Taking part in a Dragon Boat Race

Reservists who took part in the race

Reservists who took part in the Dragon Boat Race

15 Reservists from Lincoln-based 160 Transport Squadron helped to raise more than £7,000 for charity by taking part in a Dragon Boat Race.

The Army Reservists joined 16 local businesses to sponsor a boat and race each other along the Brayford Waterfront in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 spectators.

Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Race

The event was held in aid of three local charities: the Nottingham and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, LIVES and St Barnabas Hospice.

Warrant Officer Class Two Shawn Bailey organised the team from 160 Transport Squadron after attending a business networking network through his civilian employment and hearing that local companies were planning to come together to raise as much money as they could for each of the charitable causes.

Explaining how he prepared for the race, that took place in July, Shawn said: “I wanted to prepare the team the best I could for the boat race as this is not something we have done before as a unit. I researched dragon race techniques, training tips and tried to work out a training schedule for the group of us taking part.

“Although we were a bit nervous when we climbed into the boat for the first time, our competitive nature soon shone through with us just grasping first place in the first heat. We worked hard to get a rhythm going but had a big wobble and a near capsize along the way.”

Shawn explained that there was a lot of excitement between the teams and that were taking part as many of the other participants wanted to beat the only military-based team in the competition.

He concluded: “The day went really quickly. There was lots of splashing between boats to try to put off other competitors but this was all done in good spirits as we were all there for the same reason, to help raise vital funds for local charities.”

Unfortunately the Army Reserve team didn’t make it to the semi-finals but did finish in the top half of the results table.

Reservists pictured during boat race

Reservists pictured during boat race

"There was lots of splashing between boats to try to put off other competitors but this was all done in good spirits as we were all there for the same reason, to help raise vital funds for local charities.”