Pictures show thrills and spills at 2018 Matlock raft race

Intrepid fundraisers made a splash for charity when they braved the River Derwent on Boxing Day for the 57th Matlock raft race.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 11:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 10:00 pm
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.

The entertaining annual event saw hardy folk get on board their home-made vessels and take on the icy waters from Cawdor Quarry to Cromford Meadows. Thousands of people gathered along the riverbank to cheer on those participating in the four-mile festive challenge. This year's event raised £1,510 for the RNLI, which saves lives at sea.

Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.
Matlock raft race was a great success. Picture by Nick Rhodes.