In July it will be time for a great boat race on the River Thames. But didn't we already have that, you ask? Technically, yes, but I'm not talking about Oxford vs. Cambridge; I'm talking about the Dragon Boat Challenge taking place at Canbury Gardens in Kingston Upon Thames.
This race is not limited to students from the top universities, nor is it limited to people who know how to row. The Dragon Boat Challenge is all inclusive; anyone can participate, so if you fancy your chances, start putting your team together pronto.
This community sport is a charitable event organised by the Kingston Rotary Club, and the idea was brought to the UK, from China. The race is named after the Chinese style war canoes that will be used to row the length of the 250 metre course, in which forty-eight teams will compete, raising money for their chosen charity.
If you choose to compete, your team will consist of twelve to sixteen paddlers (so I hope you have a lot of friends). Like I said before, it doesn't matter if you have any experience or not, because you will receive all your training on the day, and have an experienced helmsman on board to take the lead. You will have the opportunity to take part in three qualifying matches, with your best timed race being put through to find out which eight teams will be competing in the final challenge at 4pm.
Not feeling up to exerting yourself? No problem. Enjoy watching the race from the bank, do some shopping at the market, and let the kids loose on the bouncy castle for a truly fun filled day at this community event.