Chester Raft Race

Sunday 30th June 2019, starting at Chester Meadows.

Chester's Premier River Event

Enter early to secure your place in this spectacular event

Chester's Premier River Event

As well as fun on the water, there is plenty to do on shore.

Great Fun for Spectators and Competitors Alike

The 2019 Chester Rotary Charity Raft Race will be held on Sunday 30th June; from 10.15am.

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.

Last year the event also featured UK Fly-board Champion Jay St John with a spectacular display of fly-boarding right out of 007. He is scheduled to take part again with his exciting display around 10.15 before the rafts start their race at 10.30am.


2019 Main Sponsor

If you would like to be a sponsor of our 44th 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 and we will be in touch.

2018 Results

This year the event took place on Sunday, 1 July. Results were:

Fastest raft – Crocky Wock No. 31, Crocky Trail

2nd Fastest Raft – Dee Valley Live Wires No. 5, SP Energy

Fastest Ladies – Druid Inn No. 21, Druid Inn

Fastest Hostelry – Druid Inn No. 21, Druid Inn

Best Themed Raft – Wembley No. 24, 4c Access

Most Innovative – Soft to Firm No. 28, Old Harkers Arms

Titanic Ultimate Sinker – Sproston 1 No. 25, Alan Sproston

Rotary Club of Chester

President: John McLintock

Meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester. 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6.30pm. 2nd and 4th Mondays 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.


So Chester Raft Race is over for another year. Thank you to everyone who took part and everyone who turned out to support the event. Head over to Facebook to relive the memories by looking at the albums of Raft Race '19 and join us next year for the 45th annual Chester Raft Race.

Everyone who took part in Chester Raft Race is a winner in our book but just in case you wanted to know exactly how our intrepid rafting teams did on the day, here is the full list of finishing times.

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News from the Raft Race Team
2017 Winners

2017 Winners

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...

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SP Energy Networks – 2016

SP Energy Networks – 2016

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...

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Chester Raft Race 2016

Chester Raft Race 2016

Thank you once again for all those that entered into the Chester Raft Race last year. It was really great to see all the teams. If you haven’t already done so visit the website gallery and search the photos for images of your raft in action.
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