Newcastle’s Dragon Boat Race set for River Tyne return

The quirky event will be taking place at the end of this month to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust

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Newcastle’s well-loved Dragon Boat Race is returning to the Tyne this September with over 250 entrants competing in the biggest event yet.

Boats, made up of between 11-16 rowers, with an all-important drummer who sets the rowing pace, will paddle a 250-metre long course between the Millennium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge with several boats racing at a time.

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Image credit: NE1

As usual, thousands of spectators are expected to line the route along the Quayside to watch the races and cheer on the teams who will be raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Credit: NE1

Tariq Albassam, Director of Operations at NE1 Ltd said; “We are delighted to be bringing back Newcastle’s Dragon Boat Race to the Tyne and I can’t wait to get on board to start racing. Dragon Boat Racing is an exhilarating activity for participants but also provides an amazing display for supporters and spectators on the riverside.

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Credit: NE1

“Restoring activity to the river has been one of our key priorities at NE1 and the Dragon Boats are a popular way of helping to do this by bringing thousands of people to the Quayside and onto the Tyne.”

There will also be a host of free family-friendly activities on the Quayside, including face painting and crafts. The North East Chinese Association will also perform a traditional ceremonial Chinese Lion dance along the Quayside to commemorate the race.

There are still spaces available for anyone wanting to take part with entries welcomed from solo entrants to entire teams. To sign up to take part visit:

The race will begin at 10am on Saturday 30th September.