Shrewsbury mayor tries coracle for size

The mayor of Shrewsbury tried a coracle for size ahead of a major charity event later this year - and said he was relieved the experiment took place on dry land.

Councillor Miles Kenny was given the chance to sit in the traditional boat by the team organising the Macmillan Coracle World Championships in Shrewsbury.

The event takes place on September 11 and volunteers were in the town centre as part of the recent Macmillan “takeover day”, which featured a variety of stalls to highlight the charity’s work.

Helen Knight, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Shropshire, said: “Coracles are famous for being quite easy to capsize which is partly what makes the coracle race so much fun.

“Teams paddle their way across the River Severn and the first one to get to the other side is the winner.

“It’s always a fantastic event and is a hugely important part of our fundraising efforts in Shropshire.

“We are currently looking for more teams to join and help us make this year a record-breaker - we are trying our hardest to reach the ambitious target of £40,000.

“Each team only needs four people so it’s a great chance for businesses to use it as a team-building exercise while raising money for a worthwhile cause at the same time.”

Councillor Miles Kenny, who has recently taken office as Mayor of Shrewsbury for the second time, said he was delighted to help support the event.

“I think it’s fair to say the coracle race has become something of a fixture in Shrewsbury’s calendar of events,” he said.

“The main thing that struck me as I sat in the coracle was how small it was, and although it felt quite sturdy I must admit I was glad we were in the Darwin Centre rather than on the river.

“I would urge as many people as possible to not only enter a team in the race but to come along and watch because events like this need the support of the public to be a success.”

The event will take place at Pengwern Boat Club on the afternoon of September 11, and is open to teams of four people.

Entry is £100 per team, and each team is asked to raise at least £300 in sponsorship.

All of the money raised at the Coracle World Championships will be spent on Macmillan activities in Shropshire, helping to ensure no-one has to face cancer alone.

To enter a team or for more information, email [email protected] or call 07977 864278.