Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Viking river race for charity

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An annual boat race to raise funds for a children’s charity is set to start in south Belfast next month.

The Viking Boat Races event, organised by the NSPCC, is to begin at 12noon on Sunday, May 3, at Cutters Wharf in Stranmillis.

For the past eight years hundreds of people have invaded the River Lagan in Viking long boats to test their strength, speed and endurance whilst making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Northern Ireland, the charity said.

The NSPCC is again beginning to recruit teams of Viking wannabes for the ninth year of the race.

Karen Walker, NSPCC community fundraising manager, said: “Teams of ten get to dress up in silly hats and Viking dress while pretending to be historical warriors battling it out for the title of Viking champions.”

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