Phil Pugh, managing director, of Adventure Mobility, supplier of the Nomad off-road wheelchair range, organised a large sale ‘Dragon Boat Race’ on the river Tyne at Newcastle’s quayside on in aid of raising funds for charity.
The event attracted 240 participants in 15 boats that competed in a number of races along the river.
Pugh said: “It was a great day full of fun and light-hearted competition. The overall winners were the team from Newcastle Rugby Club.
“We had hundreds of visitors lining the Newcastle and Gateshead quayside watching and supporting the various teams as they raced.”
The prizes were presented by Jimmy Tsang, chair of the UK Chinese Association. Overall the event raised around £3,000 for charity.
The Dragon Boat Race was organised in association with the 2019 Atlantic Challenge.
The Atlantic Challenge is an attempt by Phil Pugh and retired fireman, Paul Hopkins, to break the Guinness World Record as the oldest pair to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to breaking the world record, the duo are looking to raise money for two charities: ‘Tiny Lives’ at Newcastle RVI (cares for premature and sick new-born babies) and the ‘Firefighter’s charity’ (helping injured or traumatised firefighters recover their lives).
More people have been into space or climbed Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic.
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