When: 24th July 2016
Where: From Wasperton to Stratford, Warwickshire
£: Free to watch. To enter costs £15 per person, and raft teams should aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship
What is it?
2016 is the 40th Anniversary of the Wellesbourne and District Lions Club Charity Raft Race. The race will take place on Sunday 24th July.
The raft race has been going since 1976 and each year raises money for charitable causes. The race takes place on the River Avon, starting at Wasperton, and finishing opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Those taking part in the 7.5 mile race must negotiate over seven miles of river and two weirs before they reach the finish line.
The race has four different classes which teams can enter; Survivor, Formula 1, Mechanical and Novelty. The novelty rafts are usually the most interesting to watch, with competitors designing their rafts using popular themes from TV and film. The Survivor class has rafts constructed from drums, wooden planks and rope (so it often lives up to its name). The Formula 1 class is for the more technical rafts, and Mechanical for those rafts which are muscle-powered.
This year the raft race is raising money for Heart of England Mencap. Proceeds from the event will help to fund a fully accessible biking facility for people with both learning and physical disabilities.
More info: www.raftrace.org.uk