Marykirk Raft Race

raft race
raft race

The annual Marykirk Raft Race starts with a splash this Sunday (May 19) as racers and their rafts take to the water at noon.

Spectators will then be able to see the winners pass the finish line at Marykirk Bridge about 30 minutes later.

raft race

raft race

A total of 17 rafts competed in 2012 and organisers are hoping for at least as many this year.

After the race it’s time for the party in the park.

This year, for just £1 entry there are lots of attractions for the whole family. There will be kids rides and games, food and produce stalls, local bands, a talent show, dance and martial arts demonstrations and much more.

Lego artist and author Warren Elsmore will be at the park, showing some of his models and signing copies of his new book - Brick City. There is also a beer tent and a bucking bronco for aspiring mearns cowboys.

Raft Race chairman John Wolstencroft says they hope for a good turnout to support the event.

He said: “We always have a great day and the rafters really get into the spirit on some interesting rafts and in very interesting fancy dress!

“The committee have been busy for several months raising funds to organise the event, so we hope that lots of people will come out to celebrate with us. We hope to top the super day we had last year and help us raise a lot of money for local charities and community organisations”

Competitors will be floating along the North Esk, starting above Marykirk and finishing just before the road bridge from Marykirk to Montrose - running under the Railway bridge over the Esk on rafts which they have
 designed.

A raft is a floating, non-motorised collection of materials, with a raft race team on top. All propulsion should be human powered, without gears, linkages, etc. It can be as simple as a collection of oil drums lashed together, or as complicated as a floating gin palace.

For more information visit www.marykirkraftrace.com.