KENILWORTH’s annual Duck Race has been hailed as a great success after beating bad weather forecasts and the threats of a second cancellation for a triumphant New Year’s Day return.
The annual Boxing day fundraiser is held by the Lions Club to raise thousands of pounds for good causes and sees 1,500 yellow plastic ducks racing down the ford in a race to the finishing line.
Sadly the race was postponed until New Year’s Day after heavy rain and fast flowing water meant it would have been too dangerous for volunteers to wade in after the racers and make sure everything ran smoothly.
It was only one of a handful of times in the history of the club that the race has not been held on Boxing Day.
But second time around, better weather conditions meant the race was a huge success, bringing in thousands of pounds for local charities and bringing hundreds of people on the banks to cheer on their yellow plastic athlete.
Tim Lee, from the Lions Club said it was a fantastic day for the town and congratulated the winning ducks with first place going to duck number 1453, 2nd to 724, 3rd to 450, and 4th to 1209.
A club spokesperson said: It was a fantastic day, it was touch and go with the heavy rain but in the end everyone had a brilliant time and we want to thank everyone for supporting us.
“We had a lot of rain the day before and it was a worry, but we went out to do an inspection and decided to go ahead.
“People really enjoyed themselves and even though we had to postpone it first time around we still had huge support.”
And on the morning of the big race, hundreds of excited residents waited to hear news that it was going ahead as planned after heavy rain the day before.
One reveller, described it as “a great event, great local charity” and winners said they were delighted when their ducks made it to the finish line to bring in prize money of up to £100.