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Sink or swim in cardboard raft race in Fakenham





A raft race with vessels made from cardboard and carrying a crew is to take place soon.

The Active Fakenham Riverside Community Day event takes place from 10am on Sunday, August 22, at Goggs Mill Road.

The races were last held in 2019 and attracted some 20 entries.

The Active Fakenham Riverside Community Day includes cardboard raft races, complete with crews takes place August, Sunday 22. (49966642)
The Active Fakenham Riverside Community Day includes cardboard raft races, complete with crews takes place August, Sunday 22. (49966642)

Richard Crook, from Active Fakenham, which is running the event in partnership with the Wensum Ospreys Canoe Club, said: “This is a fun event and was a great success when we first ran it.

"We are now looking for entries for this year’s races. The rafts really are made from cardboard and carry a crew of at least one person. Unfortunately some sink quite quickly.

"There are prizes for the fastest finisher, the most spectacular sinking and the best-dressed raft. The entry form and guidelines are on the Active Fakenham website.”

The Active Fakenham Riverside Community Day includes cardboard raft races, complete with crews takes place August, Sunday 22. (49966716)
The Active Fakenham Riverside Community Day includes cardboard raft races, complete with crews takes place August, Sunday 22. (49966716)

The canoe club will supervise the races and ensue the safety of participants.

They will also offer free ‘have-a-go’ taster sessions in canoes and kayaks following races.

A spokesperson said: “Join us in the Grand Cardboard Canoe races. Build yourself a brand new boat made from only cardboard and sticky tape for a great adventure on the water.”

Details can be found on the Active Fakenham website

The Active Fakenham Riverside Community Day includes cardboard raft races, complete with crews and takes place August, Sunday 22. (49966774)
The Active Fakenham Riverside Community Day includes cardboard raft races, complete with crews and takes place August, Sunday 22. (49966774)
It's sink or swim for this cardboard raft... (49966813)
It's sink or swim for this cardboard raft... (49966813)


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