MORE than one thousand people headed to Llys y Fran Country Park on Sunday for the inaugural Welsh Dragon Boat Race Championship.

Sixteen teams entered the fun competition, with Ysgol Dyffryn Taf beating the Full Bore team from the Eagle Inn, Narberth and the Haven Road Crew in the final. The team of seventeen completed the 200 metre course in just over 40 seconds.

The other teams were from Radio Pembrokeshire, Sign Speed, Princes Gate, Murco, I J Griffiths, Whitland Bowling Club, Ysgol y Preseli, Puffin Produce, Paul Sartori, Bill Ridge and family, D P Building Supplies and Dragon LNG.

The event was organised by Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club, with the proceeds going towards the Noah’s Ark Appeal, the Paul Sartori Foundation and other local charities.

Rotary spokesman Ken Morgan, said: “Between 1,500 and 2,000 people came along on Sunday.

"It went extremely well. The feedback we have received from competitors and spectators has been great. Even the rain didn’t spoil the day.

“We had charity stalls and a host of entertainment throughout the day, and we’re really grateful for the cooperation from Welsh Water and John Samson, the Country Park manager.”

"We had a target of raising £10,000 and I think we’re nearer the £12,000 to £14,000 mark."

Ken added that the event will be back bigger and better next year, with double the amount of teams entering.