The annual Marykirk Raft Race took place in brilliant sunshine on Sunday. This was something of a miracle considering the persistent rain in the week leading up to the event.
More often than not the Raft Race gets decent weather, rewarding the organisers for their hard work. An estimated 1,000 people watched the race then enjoyed fun and games in the village park.
winners of the race were Wonkavators in a very fast time of 29 minutes and 48 seconds. Intensive Care were second and third, were Gonna-Sink-Kwik.
the organisers were delighted with an entry of seventeen rafts, an excellent turnout, especially given the poor conditions before race day.
At least partly because of the weather, the festivities after the race were very well attended. There were children’s races, a family pet show, a craft fair and a Fly-Ball dog display as well as a human Fly-Ball race, other competitions and side shows.
The Committee is still counting all the money raised and should have the final figure after expenses in a week’s time. They expect that the money raised for CHAS Aberdeen, Carronhill School and local charities and causes will be substantial and they wish to thank all the visitors for their generosity.
News will follow shortly of the local causes supported. You can also check the website, www.marykirkraftrace.com and the Facebook Page.
Bruce Tait, the Chair of the Marykirk Raft Race Committee said: “A big thank you to all the raft race competitors who made the race so much fun for everyone to watch and big congratulations to the winners, Wonkavators.
“Congratulations, in fact, to all the rafters who took part; they all finished and helped raise money for the charities.
“I also wish to thank the many volunteers who helped make the day such a success, especially those unsung heroes who gave of their time to ensure the safety and success of the event – the Coastguards, St Andrews First Aiders, the Northern Vaults Football Club, the bar staff, and stallholders, and, of course, the committee members and their families who worked so hard.”