Largest Plastic Duck Race-world record
set by the Great British Duck Race
LONDON, UK -- A ‘sea’ of 175,000 blue plastic
ducks raced to the finish line down the 1 km stretch of the
river Thames, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for
over 650 UK charities and setting the world record for the
Largest Charity Duck Race.
Photo: 3000 spectators cheered on their
ducks in the rain along the banks of the river Thames, in
the world’s biggest charity duck race!
Olympic Gold Medallist Rower, Andy Hodge
along with patrons of The
Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA),
actress Emma Barton and rugby player Shane Geraghty launched
this year’s World Record Breaking Charity event.
Mike Scott, Managing Director of the Great
British Duck Race, said: “He was glad that the rain
didn’t keep spectators away. To race such a large number of
ducks is a fantastic achievement and an amazing sight to see!
Some serious money was raised for a range of good causes and
we managed to break the World Record again for the second
year. We are now planning 2009 and hope to see you all there!”
Photo: Each duck costed £2 to enter
in to the race, with the owner of the first past the finishing
line at the Sheriff Boat Club at Albany Reach receiving a
£10,000 first prize.
This year’s three lead charities
Water Aid, The
Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA)
Every duck will be recycled after the race. Public attendance
on the day was in the region of 3,000.
In 1992, 29,000 rubber ducks fell overboard from
a boat in the Pacific Ocean and floated around the world for
more than 15 years.
World Record for the “Largest
Plastic Duck Race” was set last year, when 165,000
ducks raced down the River Thames.
Photos: Giles Christopher at Media
Tuesday, September 2, 2008