Belfast Telegraph

Charity's the winner as Vikings do battle

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

Big beards, axes and shields were the order of the day as scores of fundraisers took to the River Lagan for the annual Viking Boat Race in Belfast.

The event, hosted by Cutter's Wharf and Swedish cider brand Alska, was a huge success again this year with more than £8,000 being raised for children's charity, the NSPCC.

Proudly wearing their horned helmets, Kelly, Catrina and Natalie from Team Biokinetic were among the cheery warriors competing in the race to gather vital funds for the charity.

Teams from across the UK took part in Saturday and Sunday's fun event.

Event organiser Sean Keogh, from the Ardglass Vikings, told the Belfast Telegraph everyone had a wonderful time.

"It was a very well attended event," he said.

"The weather was good and the NSPCC are very happy with how everything went.

"Twenty teams took part – we even had a visiting team from the Isle of Man."

It was a close fought contest but only three teams could take the top titles.

"Team Santander – nine vikings and a mermaid – won the men's category," Sean explained.

"The Badass Dames won the mixed category and Radiance won the female category."

The event has become an established part of the fundraising calendar in Belfast over the last 14 years.

"We are already looking forward to next year," Sean added.

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