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Two Cities Boat Race attracts big-name sponsors

27 Apr 2010

Manchester Airport and MIDAS are the official sponsors of the 2010 Two Cities Boat Race, the annual rowing regatta between The Universities of Manchester and Salford that takes place at Salford Quays on Saturday 8th May.

Two Cities Boat Race
Two Cities Boat Race

Commenting on the new deal, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Cornish, said: "The Two Cities Boat Race is a well established event in the North West and its strong community focus really appealed to us. Manchester Airport has a long history of working with local communities and this event sees families, students and corporates from all over the region coming together to enjoy the activities. It’s bound to be an exciting day out."

Zoe Ensor, Director of External Relations at MIDAS, added: "Manchester has a great relationship with its students, as shown by the excellent graduate retention rates and the number of jobs made available to them and sport is an important industry within the city region. The Two Cities Boat Race is always a fun day out and provides the largest student and graduate population in the UK with a fantastic opportunity to meet lots of successful businesses right on their doorstep."

The rowing crews from the two universities will compete along the traditional River Irwell course at Salford Quays, starting at Sam Platt’s Pub and finishing at the Lowry Bridge.

Ahead of the University rowing regatta, the crowd will be treated to the spectacle of dragon boat racing, where drummers encourage their 16-person crews to paddle as quickly and ferociously as possible to see off rival boats! It is a fast and furious race pitting university staff, students and local businesses.

Admission on the day is free and everyone is invited to come down to the Quays to enjoy the food and drink, live entertainment and electric atmosphere.

Money raised throughout the event will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Notes for editors

For further information about the Two Cities Boat Race please visit www.twocitiesboatrace.co.uk

Contact Jon Keighren, Media Relations Manager, The University of Manchester 0161 275 8384 or Vikki McCrindle on 0161 839 4846