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   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!
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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.
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   This year’s three lead charities are Water Aid, The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) and NSPCC. 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.

 The previous 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 Wisdom Photography

   Tuesday, September 2, 2008

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