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Wye River Challenge

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Saturday 27th- Monday 29th May 2017

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History

The Wye charity raft race began in 1978, originally as a bet between 2 pubs and was a course of 100 miles. The first race saw ten ill-assorted home made craft make their way down the river from Hay to Chepstow. The race was designated ‘self sufficient’, i.e. rafts carried not only the crew but also tents, clothing, bedding, food, etc. The winning time in 1978 was 28 hours and that was over 4 days!

 

One of the most striking developments in rafting since races started on the river Wye is the design.  From the pioneering efforts of the first crews, on simple craft - barrels of any size strapped together, some with sails, some with a crude form of bow, the race has seen the evolution of craft to the standard specification rafts we see today, designed to withstand the rigours of a long race and still home made! CHAR rules for design govern the materials used as well as the method of construction, but as in all sports, designers use their ingenuity to the full.

 

The race is now run over 3 days with the winning crews covering the course in 12 hours, many of the 10 strong crew members spend months in the gyms to gain maximum fitness.

 

In 1986 there were 86 entries into this, the most prestigious raft race in the world and the longest. Each year hundreds of people from all over Great Britain, and occasionally from around the world take part in this unique event.

 

The race is run each year for charity (Plynlimon Trust) – namely elderly or disabled. Races have raised in the region of 2 million pounds which has, through various projects generated a further 2 million.

Wye River Challenge

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Teams come from many different areas. The Army, The Police, Pub Teams, Venture Scouts, Charities, Companys, Clubs and groups of friends - In fact anyone at all. All age groups are welcome.

Think you have what it takes? Download our entry form now

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Saturday 27th- Monday 29th May 2017

70 MILE RAFT RACE Pack 2017