Inspired by our new Waterside surroundings at the 11th hour, it was decided that this year we would enter a team into Worcester’s 23rd Race the Dragon Regatta.
As the decision was literally made a few days before the event, influenced by a call from the organisers that this year it was a little under subscribed, the team from Postcode Anywhere started training on the Friday before the actual race on the Sunday.
Undeterred, the team comprising team captain Guy Mucklow and his crew from sales and technical support including Alex Bryan, Tom Gurney, Mark Hunaban, Neil Majhu, Tom Millen, Steve Roberts and Jamie Sellick were all determined to do their best. Adding support from the marketing team was Natalie Green, Rory Mucklow, who’s currently working for us on a research project, and his girlfriend Beth Fraser.
Other creative team members proving that they can get to grips with a paddle just as eagerly as a mouse were two thirds of our design team Gemma Britton and Ralph Ashby. They were joined by their neighbours from the developer team Jonathan Fisher, Henry Thomas and Max Willmott.
The event took place on Sunday 9th June and Postcode Anywhere joined 22 crews from all around Worcestershire to battle it out head-to-head on the water. Many local businesses and organisations were invited to compete for the prestigious Lea & Perrins trophy while raising money for a good cause.
Like a duck to water
Members of the team at Postcode Anywhere were obviously complete outsiders having never entered the competition before and equipped with just one training session which lasted for an hour. I for one had a lot of faith in my colleagues as not only are there some very accomplished sports fanatics amongst the ranks of our team but also it’s no secret, that we are generally quite a competitive lot.
I was stood on the banks of the River Severn on Sunday along with other supporters including friends and families of the team, and we were cheering our Postcode paddlers on as vociferously as we could. The event was so exciting and I think some of the spectators found it as exhilarating as the actual participants and far less arduous and hazardous.
The Postcode Anywhere team took part in four races in total. The first race they secured a credible second place which must have inspired them as in the second race, they came first.
Tension was mounting as the team actually secured a place in the semi-final race where unfortunately they were up against one of the fastest teams DynamiQ, ironically a group of formidable techies representing QintetiQ, Malvern.
However in their final race in which our team competed against the slowest three teams from the semi-final heats, Postcode Anywhere secured first place. This meant that we literally paddled our way to win the Minor Cup, which was a fantastic achievement.
Postcode Anywere’s team performance was not only a testament to the strength and stamina of all the individuals taking part but it was a fantastic demonstration of team work and how much can be achieved when sharing a common goal.
Postcode Anywhere’s managing director Guy Mucklow, who had hoped that his team of enthusiastic, novice dragoneers would put up a good fight was pleasantly surprised by their unprecedented triumph and said: “The Dragon Boat Race is a fantastic event for a very worthy local charity. Not only does it help to raise much needed funds, it also provides the participating companies with a fun-packed day that encourages team-work and friendly competitiveness. We were thrilled that we gave a credible performance and paddled away with the Minor Cup particularly as we are now part of the Waterside community.”
The Race the Dragon Regatta event has become part of the City’s heritage as Worcester’s cultural and economic history has been built up over the years because of its links with the River Severn and its network of canals.
With 22 organisations competing from throughout South Worcestershire including participants from Droitwich, Malvern, Worcester and beyond it is a fantastic way to cement community relations as well as raising money for a good cause.
The event of course is also a significant fund raiser and this year all the money raised will go towards Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign. The Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign is a registered charity with the overall aim of raising £1.8 million.
Funds will go towards establishing a new, dedicated Breast Unit at Worcester Royal hospital for use by women and men across Worcestershire for all breast related issues.
Well done to the team of Postcode paddlers and who knows next year, if we start our training regime a little bit earlier, we may just lift the highly sought after Lea & Perrins trophy.