Coracle racing coming to Shrewsbury

Organisers of a major charity event on the River Severn in Shrewsbury are encouraging as many people as possible to come along.

The Shrewsbury Coracle World Championships take place on Friday (September 11) in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, when the river will be teeming with plucky rowers racing each other in traditional coracle boats.

A total of 36 teams have entered the race, and people are being invited to come and watch the fun at Pengwern Boat Club from 2pm on Friday.

There will be family entertainment on offer, as well as food and drink, so organisers hope plenty of spectators will come and cheer the racers on.

Helen Knight, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Shropshire, said the event was one of the main fundraisers for the charity and the support of the public was vital.

She said: “The coracle race has raised more than £150,000 over the past seven years, and all the money goes towards supporting people affected by cancer here in Shropshire.

“We are hoping to make this year the best ever, so we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along and join the fun.

“We have been delighted with the response from businesses, and we would like to thank The Boathouse, Lion and Pheasant, Jigsaw Marquees, the Sabrina river boat, Wollaston Lodge bed and breakfast, Sports Supercars and Shrewsbury Town Football Club for their support so far.

“It’s a wonderful family day out, and teams are encouraged to bring as many supporters as they can.

“As in previous years, there will be a bar and barbecue at Pengwern Boat Club, as well as children’s activities running throughout the afternoon.”