NORTH-EAST Rivers Festival director Lyndon Russell and his intrepid crew Russell’s Raiders last year claimed their fifth successive Derby River Derby race in the premier super-multi class, for rafts with more than 12 crew.

And Mr Russell said yesterday that they were keen to continue their dominance of the premier class.

“There were 220 people on the river last year, well up on the year before, and about 2000 people came along to watch, throw flour and water bombs and generally enjoy the iconic event,” he said.

“We’re hoping to improve on that this year.”

Dorset Mayor Barry Jarvis said that the council would this year be part of the action in the open-multi class, for rafts with six to 11 crew members.

“I’ll be easy to spot _ just took for the frightened, freezing crew member,” Cr Jarvis said.

Those interested in lifting the Raiders’ title should note, the crew’s river descent was so rapid last year, it overtook most of the field in the open-multi race and finished fourth in the race that started 30 minutes before theirs.

Music, entertainment and food stalls kept derby patrons entertained and fed between the rafting events.

The Russell’s Raiders crew in action last year.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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