Unlock your childhood nostalgia and dive into adventure at the annual Chester Raft Race! Join us on June 30th at 10 am at Chester Meadows for a day filled with excitement and camaraderie.

Gather your team and put your raft-building skills to the test, all while dressed as your favourite childhood toys. This year’s theme is Toybox, so unleash your creativity as you design and decorate your rafts to match the theme. Will you choose to embody the spirit of classic toys with colorful and imaginative designs, or opt for modern favorites with sleek and futuristic aesthetics?

But the fun doesn’t end there! The Chester Raft Race offers the perfect opportunity for team bonding and collaboration. Work together to navigate the river’s challenges, conquer obstacles, and outmaneuver your opponents. Effective communication and reliance on each other’s strengths will be key to success.

And let’s not forget the ultimate prize – the honor of being crowned champions of the Chester Raft Race! Past victors have included renowned names like Crocky Trail, Chester Auto Services, and Sandbach Cave & Mountain Rescue. Will your team be the next to etch their name in the annals of Chester Raft Race history?

So rally your crew and prepare to embark on a day of adventure and triumph at the Chester Raft Race. It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience that will strengthen your team’s bond and leave you with memories to cherish!

  • Early bird registration is available until April 30th for £80 per raft
  • After April 30th, registration is £100 per raft
  • Payment can be made online or by invoice
  • All fees are donations to the event charity, with 50% of the fee donated back to the event charity Chester Round Table
  • Rafts must be scruitineered in advance of the race
  • The race starts at 10am on June 30th at Chester Meadows, with raft assembly beginning at 9am
  • The event is sponsored by Salt Town Contractors Ltd
  • Hospitality plots are available for hire for businesses and organizations looking to showcase their brand and entertain clients or guests
  • The event includes family-friendly entertainment at Chester Meadows, making it a fun day out for everyone

    The 2024 award categories for the raft race event include:

    • Overall winner: The fastest and best-themed raft.
    • Ladies only: The fastest team made up of only women.
    • Fastest Raft: The fastest raft on the River Dee
    • Fastest hostelry: The fastest pub, restaurant, or hotel on the river Dee.
    • Fastest innovation: The fastest rafts that are not using traditional paddle power.
    • Greenest raft: The most eco-friendly build.
    • Titanic ultimate sinkers award: The fastest sinking raft.

    Additionally, some categories may have runners up awards. The overall winner will now be scored based on both time and theme, with 70% weighting on time and 30% weighting on theme.

    Click the “Event Rules” for more details

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