"Secklow Hundred" is an ancient 'Moot Hill' in Milton Keynes.
A Moot hill is a hill or mound historically used as a meeting place. In early mediaeval Britain, such hills were used for moots, meetings of local people to settle local business. Among other things, proclamations might be read; decisions might be taken; court cases might be settled at a moot. Although some moot hills were naturally occurring features or had been created long before as burial mounds, others were purpose-built. During the Roman reign, transport links improved, and so more settlers gradually migrated to this area from around 500 AD.
The Angles, Saxons and Danes were the largest groups, establishing themselves in such places as Caldecotte, Wolverton, Bancroft, Bradwell, the Shenleys, Wavendon Gate, Pennyland and Great Linford. Boundaries around the manors developed into parish boundaries and these were grouped into 'Hundreds' for administrative purposes; the Bunsty, Moulsoe, and Secklow Hundreds. Meeting places were built as mounds where these boundaries met, and the Secklow Hundred Meeting mound can still be seen behind the City library where it was used up to the 13th century.
The name "Secklow Hundred" was chosen for the Milton Keynes Dragon Boating Crew to reflect the local area and the gathering of like-minded people
As for Dragon Boat racing itself, legend has it that some 2000 years ago, Qu Yuan an advisor to the emperor of the Chu Kingdom, jumped into the Mei Lo River in protest against government corruption. Local fishermen raced out in their boats to save him. They beat drums on the river's waters and threw rice dumplings into the river to distract the water dragons and keep them from eating from Qu Yuan's body. Dragon boating evolved from the re-enactment of this legend at annual festivals.