Illustrations by Alex Finney
There will be prizes for both the fastest overall team and the wackiest so the event is geared up to be a fierce, fun spectacle for all, the funds from which raised will go towards the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Teams manning the boats will have between 11 and 17 rowers including their drummer, who will in traditional style spur them on, alongside the crowd of course! For more details about the festival, take a look at our handy timetable. Here is a run down of some of the teams entered and what they might pull out of the bag….
Canal and River Trust- Keepers of the lochs and the gates, these guys know the waters like the back of their fins, I mean hands. Regular punting on the water might see them into the top few.
Leeds Council- Important people doing important things all day need to let their hair down sometime. Whether that be in the form of ridiculous costume or some fierce rowing, Leeds Council might prove fierce competitors.
Thai Leisure Group- Will the team bring their famed poise, calm and composure to proceedings and will their sumptuous approach to décor translate into some exquisite costumes?
GirlGuiding Leeds- Decked out in their guiding uniforms, these girls promise to do their best and serve their country so watch out - Girl Guides are traditionally plucky, resourceful types.
Motiv8 North and Armley Junk’Tion Café- Joining the formidable forces of fitness and humanitarian goodness, this team will have probably eaten their spinach before they enter. Let’s just see what they come up with for fancy dress.
NHS Shared Partnership- These folks are in the business of saving lives, so let’s hope they know how to race for their own! A mystery on the fancy dress front, their outfits are sure to be a surprise.