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History of the Deepings Raft Race
Acknowledgement to the out-
Over the years, previous custodians of the race had worked extremely hard to ensure that the event was well supported from the local community and from much further afield. Indeed, the drive and determination needed to ensure the continued success of the event remained strong for many years. Thanks must go to them for their efforts in those earlier years.
During the early part of the 1990’s the impact of dwindling committee membership signalled a downturn in the fortunes of the race to the point where in 1997, barely a handful of raft race teams participated. It was at this critical point in the history of the raft race that local Deeping residents, who themselves had participated in the event on numerous occasions, pledged to save the event from disappearing altogether.
Richard Ash, Richard Fox, Phil Chappell and Mike Shattock made an undertaking to completely rejuvenate the event and set about injecting a new lease of life in to the Deepings Raft Race.
Much hard work and effort was required of them in order to stem the tide of despondency that had begun to grip the race at that time. Thankfully, this resolve and determination quickly paid off and within the space of two years the Deepings Raft Race was completely transformed back to former glory days.
The momentum that was set in motion had completely reinvigorated the event and nurtured a new and totally committed organising committee. Thanks to this new team the event has undergone a complete transformation in terms of support, active participation and physical size. The rapid growth and development of the Deepings Raft Race has significantly increased the ability of the event to raise much needed funds for worthwhile causes locally and nationally.
The Annual Deepings Raft Race has now become one of the largest events of its kind in Great Britain -
Some of you may be aware that many of last years (and prior years) committee members made a decision to withdraw from the event and wholehearted gratitude must go to them for their commitment and dedication over the years.