Businesses paddle to success in Great Sussex Bath Race 2016

Walking on water! Pictures: Graham Franks Photography
Walking on water! Pictures: Graham Franks Photography

Business teams from across Sussex competed in the fourth annual Great Sussex Bath Race at a private lake near Chichester on Sunday.

Teams of six were provided with bath tubs and equipment to build a raft on the day and then paddle 250 yards, racing in heats.

A champagne spray from race winners Henry Adams

A champagne spray from race winners Henry Adams

There were 15 teams taking part to raise money for Chestnut Tree House and the winners of each heat were put forward for a grand final race in the afternoon, to win The Great Sussex Bath Race 2016 trophies – adorned with bath taps.

Event director Neil Laughton, Sussex entrepreneur, pilot and adventurer, said: “It was a brilliant day of sporting competition and teambuilding and well done to all teams for remaining focused while undertaking their raft-building in the early morning pouring rain.

“We have already raised around £11,000 for our chosen charities, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice and LifeCentre, with many more pledges and donations to be counted.”

Henry Adams from Chichester won the Grand Final Winners Trophy, while a team from BNI Business Networking Group in Hove took home the Demolition Derby Trophy after cleverly avoiding destruction in the heavily-fought ‘anything goes’ race heat.

Natwest Business Banking from Brighton took home the Wooden Spoon Trophy, having been recognised for coming a close second place in the grand final race heat, the team’s all-round team spirit and enthusiasm for the fourth year running, as well as their outstanding fundraising effort.

Also taking part were Caterpillar from Shoreham, Focus Group from Southwick, Caremark UK from Worthing, Leaders from Worthing and Horsham, Professionals UK and Seven Cellars from Hove, Fundraising Auctions from Newhaven, ICTS from Gatwick and Virgin Atlantic from Crawley.

Organiser Gemma King, from Vivid Marketing, said “I’d like to thank everyone who threw themselves into this whacky contest with such enthusiasm. Already businesses are approaching us to enter teams for next year.”

The project was supported by local businesses. Visit www.greatsussexbathrace.co.uk to find out more.

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