THEY may not have exactly blazed a trail on the water, but when it comes to determination, the Imogen Dental team were definitely the winners at this year’s Crafty Craft Race.

The team, who were taking part in the popular annual event to raise money for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, took more than six hours to complete the race – a gritty effort that earned them the Marcus Franks “Spirit of Crafty Craft” award.

As well as going home with a prize, the team, based in Kingsclere, were delighted to smash their £2,500 target, raising so far £3,000 with money is still coming in.

It’s the second time that staff from the award-winning company, which has practices in Kingsclere and Benson, in Oxfordshire, have raised thousands for Ark.

Every year, the staff at Imogen Dental make a difference to a deserving cause, and in 2017, they raised £9,200 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity, and the cancer treatment centre project it is helping to fund, by trekking up Mount Snowden.

Dr Neel Tank, who founded Imogen Dental, said: “The Crafty Craft Race was a very different fundraising challenge to trekking up Snowden, but just as then, our team had a great time, and we are delighted to have beaten our fundraising target.

“We may have taken six hours to complete the course on our craft, aptly called ‘Decay away’, but we had a great time and plenty of laughs on the way.”

Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5m appeal will ensure a new state of the art cancer facility in at Basingstoke hospital.

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at the charity, said: "Well done to the Imogen Dental team for showing true grit in The Crafty Craft Race.

"They may have had a long journey in reaching the finish line but they did themselves and Ark proud.”