Charity fundraisers take on 'River Dart Struggle'

'The River Dart Struggle'

'The River Dart Struggle' - Credit: Lin Widdecombe

Fancy dress fundraising teams fought for victory on the river Dart when the Totnes Raft Race returned last Sunday.

The race - known as ‘The River Dart Struggle ‘ - takes place along the river Dart starting at Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh, and on through a mixture of white water, fast-flowing weirs and calm stretches.

It makes its way down to the finish in Totnes over a distance of 13 Kilometres.

This is acknowledged as one of the great river challenges and  is an ideal corporate or group team-building exercise, said a spokesperson for organisers Totnes Rotary Club.

Teams - all raising money for charity - had to make their own raft out of a restricted list of approved materials. Crews between two to 10 people per raft, could be all male, all female or mixed.

The Totnes Raft Race is all about teamwork

The Totnes Raft Race is all about teamwork - Credit: Lin Widdecombe

Flying the flag for Devon

Flying the flag for Devon - Credit: Lin Widdecombe

Rafts racing

Rafts racing - Credit: Lin Widdecombe

A Totnes Raft Race competitor with eight people on board the raft

Raising funds for charity while they row - Credit: Lin Widdecombe

a raft in the middle of a calm looking river Dart

The course runs for 13km along the river Dart - Credit: Lin Widdecombe

A raft crewed by seven people

The raft race is a great team-building experience - Credit: Lin Widdecombe