Coracles making a splash in Shrewsbury

This year’s coracle world championships taking place on the River Severn in Shrewsbury is full to capacity - and organisers are encouraging spectators to come and watch the fun.

The event, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and sponsored by JT Hughes, sees teams of four competing in a relay race across the river in a traditional wooden coracle boat, and racing starts at 2pm on Friday (September 16).

There will be refreshments on offer at Pengwern Boat Club during the afternoon as people congregate to watch the racing - all for a good cause.

Helen Knight, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “We have 36 teams racing this year, which is fantastic and testament to the hard work of the volunteers who make the event happen.

“We are hoping for good weather and would encourage everyone to come down to the river to watch - it’s always great fun, with quite a few competitors often ending up in the water as they try to master the tricky skill of coracle racing!

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has entered the race.

“Macmillan relies on the money raised at events like this to keep operating and provide vital support to people here in Shropshire.”

Last year’s event was hugely successful with £22,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. Teams from a variety of businesses and organisations took part in the race.