Teams wanted for Shrewsbury’s Macmillan World Championship Coracle Race
14th July 2016
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Teams are still wanted for messing about on the river - and helping charity in the process.

The Macmillan World Championship Coracle Race, sponsored by JT Hughes, returns to the River Severn in Shrewsbury on the afternoon of Friday, September 16.

Teams of four paddle a traditional coracle boat in a relay race across the river, with the winners being crowned world champions.

Coracles for charity

Macmillan's fundraising manager Helen Knight said: "As well as being a great day out on the Severn on a wonderfully sunny day, we hope, this is a great chance to help a really important charity.

"We are now only just over a couple of months away from the event and we are reminding people they can still enter a team. We are looking for teams of four to take part in the thrills and spills - and believe me there will be plenty of those.

"Last year's event was hugely successful with 36 teams taking part and £22,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. Teams from a variety of businesses and organisations took part in the race."

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A great afternoon of fun

The event takes place at the Pengwern Boat Club and there is plenty of entertainment on offer throughout the afternoon.

Last year's winners were the Buckshot Bandits, from McMillan Masonry in Bishop's Castle, and a special prize went to Cameron Homes for raising the most money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The team were presented with a new trophy, called the Richard Bayliss Cup, named in memory of volunteer committee member, Richard Bayliss, who was instrumental in starting the event seven years ago.

Helping a worthy cause

Macmillan Cancer Support does an incredible amount of work in Shropshire to help people living with cancer and this year's coracle race provides the opportunity to help their efforts by raising much-needed funds.

You can enter a team by going to the special website at https://www.regevent.co.uk/ or for more information, email coracleworldchampionships@gmail.com.

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