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Water way to raise money for Herefordshire charities!

Press release   •   Sep 19, 2017 08:17 BST

Photo of this year's MadSat Raft Race is courtesy of Mike Lazarevich.

Around £560 has been raised for local good causes from this year’s Mad Dash Raft Race in Herefordshire after more than 50 participants made the splash for cash.

The annual event is run by Madley-based BT staff and their family and friends who make up the MadSat Raft Team, which formed around 30 years ago.

Teams came from around the UK to take part in the nine-mile race along the River Wye.

As usual, the event was split into two parts, with the less experienced raft racers battling it out in fancy dress in a shorter race before the more serious contenders took to the water.

Nick Wood, BT’s site manager at Madley, and captain of the MadSat Raft Team, said: “Everyone had a great time, but the overall winners were the three charities – Herefordshire Heartstart, Guide Dogs Association and St Michael’s Hospice – who will share the proceeds from the day.

“Teams in the main event know each other well as they compete with each other in 13 races over a seven-month season, from April to October, the longest being the 70-mile CHAR – Committee for Herefordshire Amateur Rafters – race, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.”

The fastest crew home were Wonder Y from Tring in Hertfordshire in a time of one hour and 17 minutes.

The MadSat Raft Team entered two teams, with the men’s team finishing third overall and the female crew seventh – enough to win them the fastest ladies team award.

The shorter fun race was won by Random Rovers, with Flower Power winning the best fancy dress award.

Nick added: “If anyone would like to get involved in the sport of raft racing, they can contact the MadSat team via our website –


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