At the beginning of 2014, Harvey (the County Commissioner) asked us to enter the KM dragon boat race on behalf of Kent Scouts, so our reply was of course…but you have to help too! In the end, we persuaded Harvey to sit on the wobbly drummers stool at the front of the boat, responsible for keeping us in time and terrible motivational speeches!
The infamous ‘KN dragons’ team was a combination of the County Network Team and Gravesham, Malling and Maidstone East Network Scouts and, in the end, we weren’t too shabby.
The competition was a time trial with 3 races each and 37 teams. With one team looking like a group of, very muscly, pirates we weren’t too sure about our chances! Our first race was a tight one but, once all of the 37 times were in, we were well down the leader board. We knew we had to get a time under 1 minute to be in with a chance of getting through to the final, so we went into the next race fighting. We gave it everything we had and, although we weren’t exactly coordinated, we did it, clocking our fastest time of the day at 58 seconds! Interestingly, that was the only race in which the County Network Commissioner was subbed out of the boat…
That time was not quite enough to get us into the final but we finished a very respectable 8th. However, it was a great effort from all of the team!
Now it’s your chance to make all of our aches (and Harvey’s sore throat) worth it by donating to Lower Grange Farm, just click here!
Also don’t forget to check out our photos from the day in the gallery!Author: Rachael Lawler