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The Great British Duck Race

A quarter of a million ducks are set to break the existing Guinness world record. Adopt a duck and help raise funds for Diabetes UK. The Great British Duck Race takes place on Sunday 31st August, on a 1km stretch of the River Thames near Hampton Court Palace.

This year the existing record of 150,000 ducks will be blown out of the water.

At 12.30pm on “Duck day”, a quarter of a million individually numbered plastic ducks will be dropped into Molesey Lock and then released into the Thames to begin the race at 1.30pm.

Could you adopt the winning duck?



It costs £2 to adopt one of the ducks and be in with a chance of winning one of 30 fantastic prizes, includingfor the first duck to cross the finish line. You can also choose to make a donation to Diabetes UK –. It is this optional donation that will go towards the Diabetes UK research fund, so please be generous.Spectators and participants are welcome to attend the race. Diabetes UK will have a stand and there will be entertainment and refreshments being served along the course near Hampton Court – a real carnival atmosphere.


Four great reasons to take part



“The Duck Race is a fantastic opportunity to have some fun, raise some serious money for Diabetes UK and have the chance to win £10,000, as well as take part in a Guinness world record attempt," said Liz Roe, London Region Fundraising Manager."I believe that this event appeals to children and adults of all ages and would like to encourage as many of our supporters to take part. Forward this link to friends and family and ask them to support Diabetes UK.”


The organisers of the duck race work closely with the Environment Agency to ensure that the event causes as little disruption to the river Thames as possible.

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