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21st June 2017

Brewery team wins fundraising dragon boat race

An East Yorkshire brewery’s team of oarsmen stormed into first place when they competed in the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers’ dragon boat race at Wykeham Lakes recently.


The sixteen-strong team Wold Top Warriors, comprising staff, family and friends of Wold Newton based Wold Top Brewery, was one of 26 teams entering the races that took place on Sunday June 11.


Teams were divided into the gold and silver races according to their results in the first two qualifying races and the Wold Top Warriors won the gold final.


Alex Balchin, brewery manager and dragon boat team member, said: “We had quite a bright and breezy day out on the lake, and it was great to have support from hundreds of spectators.


“This is our second year of taking part in this event, and it’s always well organised and great fun, so we’re pleased to participate and raise money for both Rotary charities and for Kidney Research UK, the brewery’s charity of the year.


“For anyone who’d like to support Kidney Research UK and the other Rotary nominated charities, there is still time to donate through our Virgin Money Giving page online.”


Hot on the heels of the Wold Top Warriors were the Barons Health and Fitness, Scarborough Rowing Club and Fashionable Fitness teams who took second, third and fourth places in the gold division respectively.


The dragon boat race is one of the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers’ major fundraisers.


Those who like to donate on the Wold Top Warriors Virgin Money Giving page can do so at


Kidney Research UK is the national leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to research into better treatments and a cure for kidney disease, and supports those living with and affected by the disease. It also works to raise public awareness of the disease to help save lives.




Photo: The victorious Wold Top Warriors 

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Notes to editors

  1. For more information about Wold Top Brewery, please visit You can also find Wold Top Brewery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you can keep up to date with the brewery’s latest news here.
  2. Wold Top Brewery was born in 2003 when the Mellor family diversified from farming into beer brewing using the malting barley they produce and the farm’s own supply of water.
  3. Twenty-one varieties of beer make up Wold Top Brewery’s award-winning range including Wold Top Beer, Headland Red, Anglers Reward and Wold Top Against the Grain gluten-free beer. More information on the range of bottled beers can be found at
  4. To visit the Wold Top Warrior’s Virgin Money Giving site, please visit
  5. For more information about Kidney Research UK, head to
  6. For more information about Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers, please visit