Milton Keynes Dragonboat Festival

Willen Lake hosted the ninth Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday (4th July) when over 1,000 people took to the water in forty foot brightly painted Chinese boats, watched by 12,000 spectators. 60 crews raced five boats at a time for a fantastic day's racing in glorious sunshine.

Dragonboat Race

The crews, representing businesses, organizations and groups of friends from all over Milton Keynes and the surrounding area battled it out all day in 5-boat races over a 200m race course. Eventual winners were Plastic Fantastics representing Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd who were the fastest team throughout the day beating Avebury Argonauts from Argos in second place, last year's winners Wheldon 5-0 from Wheldon Contracts & Services Ltd in third, Magna Marvellous representing John Lewis Plc in fourth and Law & Oarder from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin in fifth. The top mixed crew were the Manic Street Paddlers from Keen Shay Keens in their first year at the event with the Wheldons Waiders from Wheldon Contracts & Services in second and WYSIWYG'S representing Schueco in third.


Pride, Passion, Party from Amscan International won the Charity Trophy and a fabulous meal out at The Swan at Salford, pledging over £1,000 for the Festival nominated charity, MacIntyre, of a total estimated at more than £18,000 for a variety of great causes. Winners of the trophy for 'best dressed crew' were USA at Centre:MK on Independence Day for their magnificent American Football outfits and the Gigaflops team representing ITC Infotech Ltd won a special trophy for 'most enthusiastic crew' donated by Cathy McManus in memory of her late husband Pat McManus (a keen local dragon boat paddler).


Merklyn Hauck of organisers, Gable Events, said, "Following the sell-out success of the 2009 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival we were delighted to again attract the maximum entry of 60 teams well before the closing date and the beautiful weather brought a large number of spectators down to Willen Lake to join in the fun. Easycopiers again played a major part in the event's success in their second year as title sponsor and we are very grateful to them. We also appreciate the additional support given by Heart 103.3 for their superb event coverage and music on the day, The Swan at Salford for the top fundraisers' meal, Ruths Floral Design Studio for the winners' bouquets and Inside Business for the souvenir programme".


Gable Events received a lot of enquiries from visitors on the day, keen to take part in next year's event. If you or your company would like to be on the starting line in 2011 please call 01780 470718 or visit Gable Events online.

Full List Of Teams

Company Crew Name
Admiral Business Systems Ltd Chicken Balls
Allianz Insurance Dungeons & Dragons
Allianz Insurance Alan's Argonauts
Allianz Insurance Puff the Magic Dragons
Amscan International Pride, Passion, Party
Amtech Group Blazing Paddles
Argos Ltd Avebury Argonauts
Ascertiva Group Ltd McCarthy's Marauders
Avery Dennison Avery Dennison
Berrymans Lace Mawer Totally Quackers
Bletchley Buccaneers Bletchley Buccaneers
Bluefin Insurance Services Ltd The Big Floaters
Cadbury Minworth Marauders
Cll Bedford & Milton Keynes Lutine Belle
CMG Rescue Services (CMG) The Rescuers
Crownhill Vauxhall Vauxhall Vikings
Dachser Dunkin' Badgers
Deloitte LLP The Pinnacle Paddlers
Denton Wilde Sapte LLP Wet & Wilde
DHL Cadbury Snaps Dragon
DHL - Exel House of Fraser Contract Dragon Hearted Lions
DHL Supply chain The Drag 'n' Boaters
Easycopiers Ltd Easycopiers
Enterprise Managed Services The Starship Enterprise
Fenny Lock Sports & Social Club Gravy Boat The Lake Tamers
Hanco ATM Systems The Hanco Warriors
Inside Business Inside Bismarck
ITC Infotech Limited Gigaflops
John Lewis Plc Blakeland's Bombers
John Lewis Plc Magna Marvellous
John Lewis Plc WWW=WWwets
Keens Shay Keens Manic Street Paddlers
Kuehne + Nagel Ltd Brinklow Barbarians
MacIntyre MacIntyre Marvels
Mars Horsecare UK Ltd Mars Barge
Marshall Amplification Vikings of Rock 1
Marshall Amplification Vikings of Rock 2
Matthew Arnold & Baldwin Law & Oarder
Mazars LLP Mazars Marauders
Motor Insurers' Bureau Most Impressive Boaters
Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd Plastic Fantastics
NHBC Bricks and Water
Parker KV Parker Pirates
Puratos Ltd The Master Bakers
Sectra Ltd Sectra-Fliers
Sectra Ltd Sectra-Wingers
Shoosmiths So Shoo Me
SIS LIVE SIS Live Lakers
Symology Ltd Team Wiki Wiki
Symology Ltd Team Kaimana
The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales ICAEW
thecentre:mk USA at Centre:MK on Independence Day
Towergate Risk Solutions Towergate Risk Solutions
University of Bedfordshire The Polhill Piranhas
Volkswagen Group UK Ltd Vorsprung Boat Technik
Wheldon Contracts & Services Ltd Wheldon 5 0
Wheldon Contracts & Services Ltd Wheldons Waiders


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