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Heroes - and a few villains - had a splashing good time at the Deepings Raft Race on Sunday.

Splashing down the river from Bridge Street in Deeping St James to the town centre in Market Deeping proved the perfect way to cool down as the sun blazed down.

This year's event saw 42 teams compete in the youth race, fun race, pub race, ladies race and the main race - and whether dressed as superheroes or evil baddies, everyone was equally competitive and determined to make it over the finish line first. Ahead of the event, there was a parade of all the rafts taking part in the event.

There were prizes for the best dressed raft and a mini raft race - where youngsters make small rafts which are large enough to float down the river but not big enough to sit on!

For the spectators watching at the riverside, there was the chance to make sure all the competitors got wet, whether they stayed on their raft or not - by dousing them with buckets of water or spraying them with water pistols.

Andy Pelling, from the Deepings Raft Race committee, said: "It was a really successful event obviously helped by the weather. We had a huge number of rafts - more than in recent years - and everyone really got into the spirit of the event with costumes. Some of the spectators were even dressed up.
"I was down at the Bridge Street end near the start line doing commentary and it seemed extremely busy although I think a little bit later in the day, people tried to seek some shade.

"It was a great event and it's all part of the fun seeing people fall into the river."

As well as the races, there was a variety of market stalls selling crafts as well as refreshing food and drink. There was also a funfair that proved popular with the younger visitors to the event.

Last year's event raised more than £8,000 for local good causes and organisers are hoping to top that this year - although final figures won't be known for a few weeks yet as money still comes in. Age Concern Deepings Minibus appeal, The Deepings Scouts and Deepings Swimming Club are among the good causes set to benefit from the 2018 event.

Winners:

Youth Race: (10) The River Welland Pirates - 08:00 17

Fun Race: (16) They Sink, It's Oar Over - 14:09 21

Main Race: (4) The Banana Men - 14:16 22

Pub Race: (1) The Bell Tavern - 20:05 14

Ladies Race: (9) The Deeping Troopers - 20:24 15

Best Dressed Raft: (22) One More Brick - 46:31 28

Mini Rafts

First past the post: HMS Eden – entered by Eden Hill

Best Design: Darth Vader – Archie Sceston

Visit www.photos.iliffemedia.co.uk and click on Stamford Mercury and August 10 folder to buy photos from the raft race.



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