Duck Race Breaks World Record



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But winning ticket worth 10,000 pounds still unclaimed

Duck Race Breaks World Record

The Great British Duck Race, which took place on the River Thames on Sunday 6 September 2009, has officially clinched the world record.

A record breaking 205,000 plastic ducks took to the water, with around UKP12,000 raised for the NSPCC’s Child’s Voice Appeal through optional donations made by the public when ‘adopting’ ducks for the event.

The ducks were released in the water at Molesey Lock, near Hampton Court Palace for the third annual duck race, beating last year’s number of ducks by 30,000.

It took around three hours for the first duck to complete the one kilometre course, crossing the finish line at Albany Reach.

UKP10,000 in prize money was up for grabs for the person who adopted the first duck across the finish line. The number of the winning ticket is: 023871 and, as of Monday morning, it had not been claimed.

Community fundraising manager for London, Danny Crabb, said: “It was a great day. Over 3000 people turned up to help cheer on the ducks at the starting line, and enjoyed face painting, bouncy castles and a Name the Duck competition.”

“We’re delighted to have raised around £12,000 for the Child’s Voice Appeal, which aims to raise the vital funds needed for ChildLine to counsel a million children every year, and help us respond to many more calls to our NSPCC Helpline.”

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Our picture of the start of the race on TwitPic




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