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Probably the most entertaining charity event in the area

statement from organisers...
With sincere regret, it looks like the Rother Raft Race will have to be suspended….
Due to business commitments, Anthony Weller, the Raft Race's Organiser is unable to continue organising the Race.
He is desperately looking for someone to take on the race organisers role
Mr Weller is happy to hand over to anyone who wants to resurrect this very popular event.
Anyone interested please eMail us for information.

Alex & Adrian Stickley 2007
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New Rother Raft Race Logo

The Rother Raft Race was started in 1981 by Chris Konieczny, to raise money for the Petworth Panthers and to build Duncton Pavilion. At the first race there were only about 30 entries. Over the years, numbers increased, sometimes to nearly 100.
Held every year on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday, it was an event enjoyed by the whole family, young and old.

Starting at Cowdray Ruins, Midhurst, first launch 1pm
finishing at Lods Bridge, Selham a distance of 3.75 miles
The Rother Raft Race - born 1981 - died 2008.
RE BORN 2009 by new team
Cancelled 2012
above - Photos of The Rother Raft Race 2007
Bank Holiday Sunday 26th August 2007
At the Finish line, Lods Bridge, Selham - by Phil Dixon 2007
At the Fish Ladder - by Pam Hadley 2007
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August 2010 event raised over £4,000
Race won't be sunk by red tape - July 2008
Authorities finally sink the race - Nov.2008
Council & Police had no powers to stop race - Dec.2008
Rother Raft Race Rescued - Feb.2009

Rother Raft Race needs more entries - 06 August 2009
The man who rescued the River Rother Raft Race from extinction has appealed for more support for the race

Rescuer keeps the River Rother Raft Race afloat
20 February 2009
The River Rother raft race is afloat again after a Lodsworth businessman stepped in to save it. Anthony Weller, who took part in what was declared to be the last race last year, has decided it would be 'crazy' to let it die....full story

RRR website announcement
11th March 2009
Dear Rother Rafters
I’m delighted to announce that the 2009 Rother Raft Race will be taking place this year on Sunday 30th August 2009.
We’re currently working hard to ensure everything is in place to run a successful and enjoyable event for rafters and spectators. So please start polishing up those rafts and considering your fancy dress outfits. We aim to get a new entry form on the new web site and out to previous competitors soon.
Kind Regards
Anthony Weller
If you feel you could lend a hand leading up to the raft race and-or on the day and-or clearing up afterwards, or any time over the Bank Holiday weekend then please contact;
Anthony Weller.

Old Logo - WL West no longer sponsor Raft Race
Old Logo -
WL West no longer sponsor Raft Race

copy of email received 25 November 2008
25 November 2008
Over the last 27 years The Rother Raft Race has become a great local event. This year raising over £13,000.00 for local charity.
Sadly, due to an increase in legislation and red tape by local authorities, we have decided to end the Raft Race, 2008 was the last year under our tenure. There may be others who feel that they can continue the event, and should such people come forward we will give them every encouragement to run the race.
We would like to extend our warm thanks to you for your all you hard work, helping us to run the event. Without your assistance over the years we would not have seen the success's that we have.
I have enclosed the letter that we are sending to all competitors and supporters.
Yours sincerely
Robin Shapland & Ron Dudman
Read the Letter to all competitors and supporters.
Any comments - let us know.


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