Great Fun for Spectators and Competitors Alike
The 2019 Chester Rotary Charity Raft Race was held this year on Sunday 30th June
The Chester Raft Race is an annual charity event taking place every July in the Groves on the River Dee and organised by the Rotary Club of Chester. The rafts race against the clock over an approximate 400 metre course starting just upriver of the Royal Chester Rowing Club, passing under the pedestrian Suspension Bridge to a finish on the north bank of the river by Recorder’s Steps to the Walls and just above the weir. Although the race is over at this point, the rafts then have to retrace their route back to the launch area on the Meadows.
The event also featured UK Fly-board Champion Jay St John with a spectacular display of fly-boarding right out of 007.
2019 Main Sponsor
If you would like to be a sponsor of our Charity Raft Race in aid of our main chosen charity and other charities of the Rotary Club of Chester, we should be pleased to discuss the opportunities available. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
2019 Raft Race
Our 44th annual Raft Race on the Dee Sunday 30th June was enjoyed by huge crowds in the Groves on a gloriously sunny day and this year was a joint effort with Round Table.
The race for 35 rafts also included 2 from ITV programme Real Housewives of Cheshire and was once again supported on the water by the presence of champion fly boarder Jay St John who entertained the crowds in the Groves where Chester Rock Choir also performed.
SP Energy Networks were the main sponsor and further financial and other support was provided by ASH Skips, Urenco, and Old Harkers Arms.
Fastest Raft- No.19, Crocky Trail, Entered by Crocky Trail
2nd Fastest Raft- No.26, SPEN DVMW (Wrexham), SP Energy Networks
Fastest Ladies- No.31, Druid Inn, Druid Inn
Fastest Best Themed Raft- No.2, The Duke, 4C Access Scaffolding
Titanic Ultimate Sinker- No.21, Sprostons, Alan Sproston Ltd
Rotary Club of Chester
President: John McLintock
Meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester. 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 12.50pm.
The Rotary Club of Chester is a friendly organisation with male and female members from the Chester and North Wales area. Please take a look at our website to find out more about what we do. We are a part of Rotary International, which is the world’s largest service organisation of friends, leaders, and problem – solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.
If you are a Rotarian visiting the area, you will be made welcome at one of our meetings.
If you’re interested in joining Chester Rotary Club, please email the address below and we will arrange for you to attend one of our meetings. There are several clubs within the Chester and Cheshire area, and each club has a different profile, but all support projects within their own local area. So if you live outside the Chester area you might want to contact a club in your home area.
News from the Raft Race Team
Chester Raft Race 2019 raised just over £9,000, from entry fees, sponsorship and donations on the day. The main charity supported was Claire House Children’s Hospice, and a cheque for £5,000 was handed over to the charity and the Rotary Club of Chester club meeting...
2017 Results Most innovative Raft – Top Trump, Peacock Garage Titanic – Ultimate Sinker – Sproston’s Idiots, Alan sproston Fastest Ladies raft – Viking Queens, Bagillt All Stars Fastest Hostelry Raft – Ye Olde Hickory’s, Hickory’s...
Last year SP Energy Networks, who distribute electricity across Merseyside, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales and Shropshire, took part in the raft race for the first time. Janet Newbrook Community Engagement Manager commented.. "We had a fantastic time and this...