Two teams from HR GO, the recruitment and business services group, took part in the Dragon Boat Challenge – and one secured bragging rights by crossing the line ahead of the rest.
After a tense and close run race on Conningbrook Lakes, Ashford, on Bank Holiday Saturday (May 25) HR GO2 edged across the finish in first place.
Both teams raised more than £1,500 for good causes. Including Wooden Spoon, Lord Whisky Sanctuary and Bowel and Cancer Research.
The inaugural Dragon Boat Challenge was organised by the Rotary Club of Ashford and sponsored by Latimer Homes and Westerhill Homes. Dragon Boat Events managed the event and supplied all the equipment, including safety craft.
Family, friends and work colleagues banded together to make up the 17-strong teams – 16 on paddles and one beating the drum to synchronise strokes.
HR GO Group teams included staff from the Ashford head office in Wellington House, Church Road; HR GO Recruitment and RHL Recruitment, the group’s technical jobs specialist, also based in Church Road.
After lifting the trophy, Jamie Talbot, skipper of the winning boat, said: “We’re thrilled to win this exciting challenge. It was really close and we were up against some formidable competitors. But it was a fun way of spending Bank Holiday Saturday as well as raising money for good causes.”
Jack Parkinson, executive chairman of HR GO plc and a member of Ashford Rotary Club, added: “I’m delighted that the business entered two teams and that one came away with the top prize.
“But this was more about taking part and helping charities than winning. I’m grateful to all the Rotary Club members, local businesses and crews who made this inaugural Dragon Boat Challenge such a success. I hope it will become a fixture of Ashford life.”