June 30, 2018 all-day
Llyn Padarn Lake
Caernarfon LL55 4TY
Entry from £12.50
01492 873664

Welcome to the annual 2018 St David’s Hospice Dragon Boat Challenge, a unique event to be held at Llyn Padarn, Llanberis (LL55 4TY) in the heart of Snowdonia. This fantastic day will see teams of 13 to 20 people racing 40ft long Hong Kong Dragon Boats on Padarn Lake with the quickest team to be crowned champions at the end of the day!
The event will be professionally run by Dragon Boat Events, the UK market leader, with over 25 years of experience in dragon boat racing. Only 30 teams can take part and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis on receipt of your deposit.
We are offering you the chance to compete in one of Britain’s most unique water sport activities, where the emphasis throughout the day is on the challenge, team building, fundraising and of course…FUN! Remember, everything is supplied on the day just bring your team, fancy dress outfits (optional) and join in the fun![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Each team consists of a maximum of 20 members. In the boat there are 16 paddling and one banging the drum at any one time. The 3 remaining members will be substituted in on the next race. A team can be as small as 13 people but the full amount of £1,000 must still be raised. All competitors must be over 12 years of age. Each team of 20 will be asked to give a £250 entry fee to secure their place and will be asked to raise a minimum of £50 per person in sponsorship which equates to a £1,000 per team.
Entry includes the following:

  • The use of a 40ft Dragon Boat to race in
  • Full training before taking part
  • Lifejackets and all safety equipment
  • Paddles & High visibility wristbands
  • Minimum of 3 timed races down the lake
  • A final for the best 4 or 6
  • Full water safety with safety boats and first aid cover
  • Fancy dress competition for the best dressed team

To reserve your place at the Dragon Boat Challenge and register a team, please click here to pay online:

Alternatively for offline registration, download and print: TEAM SIGN UP SHEET  and return to St David’s Hospice, Abbey Rd, Llandudno, LL30 2EN

Teams will be asked to register by 10.30am. The opening ceremony will be at 11.00am with racing from 11.05am. Racing will finish with a grand final at approximately 4.00pm, followed by an awards ceremony.
There will be a fully licenced bar as well as hot and cold food available for purchase although teams are welcome to bring their own picnic food should they wish.
Each team will have at least 3 races against other teams with their times recorded for each round. The top teams will then go into a final race at the end of the day. The top 3 teams will receive medals and the winning team will receive the dragon boat trophy. There will be free entry for the public so your friends and family can come along to cheer you to victory.

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St David’s Hospice is a local charity, caring for local people, delivering specialist care to adult patients with advanced illnesses or those in need of end of life care and their families.
Every year, this touches the lives of over 1000 people within our local communities from across the counties of Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.
We offer 24 hour care, 365 days a year providing a clinical service alongside emotional, physical and spiritual support. In our Day Care Unit we provide patient care, bereavement and counselling services, whilst our Inpatient Unit offers symptom control, respite and end of life care.It costs over £3 million each year to deliver the services – that’s over £8,000 a day. The majority of this comes from community fundraising. None of these costs are passed to the patients, their families or carers, because St David’s Hospice care is free to all.

Benjamin Turton, St David’s Hospice Lectureship in Palliative and End of Life Care
“At the Bangor University School of Healthcare Sciences we formed a staff team and a student team. Boats raced in pairs, staff lined up against students. The banter had built up over several weeks as intimidating pictures and videos of team members in training were exchanged on twitter. The stakes were high! Both teams rowed with all we had and in our fastest round the staff team came out on top but by less than ½ a second.”
“The smiles throughout the day stood out as did the sportsmanship – the student team, who were dressed as Noah’s Ark, on conceding defeat gave a round of applause and rowed to shore in chorus of “the animals went in two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah!”
Bangor University student Naomi Maguire said:
“I had such a great day at last year’s Dragon Boat race. It was something fun and unique bringing me and my friends together in a competitive yet fun environment. I would definitely do it again.”
Bangor University student Rhianna Walton said:
“I’d never done anything like it before and I was glad I did because it was an experience I’ll never forget. Being able to have fun in the sunshine and raise vital funds for my local hospice made it even more worthwhile”

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Thank you to Tudno TV for this video:

Photos from previous years:

For more information call Daisy Magill at the Fundraising Office on 01492 873664 or via email daisy.magill@stdavidshospice.org.uk