A Quaking Good Race
If you love the excitement of a great race then you should head to Norwich 27 August. The city is hosting a colourful and doubtless competitive event in aid of charity. The race will take place on the River Wensum but you won't see any kayaks or rafts on the water because this will be a duck race.
If you are now imaging dozens of feathery friends careering down the river then think again! What you will actually see is a rubber duck race. In fact, you will see two. The first is a corporate event for which all of ducks have been decorated to create a colourful and memorable spectacle. The second race is a larger affair and features undecorated ducks which can be sponsored. The Grand Norwich Duck Race is organised by the children's charity Break and this will be the sixth running.
The hand-painted competitors will include Giraffy Duck and Bauble Christmas Quaker and they will race from St George's bridge to Fye Bridge. As many as 100 ducks will be traversing the river in the corporate race and it is still possible to enter if you fancy getting crafty. The 2017 race will be preceded by a duck parade on St George's bridge. There will then be a race featuring 3000 smaller ducks. These can be sponsored to help raise funds for the charity and there are still a few little chaps available for sponsorship at the time of writing.
Rubber Duck Derby
The duck race has grown year on year and is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of the summer in Norwich. Perhaps it won't be long before this event rivals the Windy City Rubber Duck Derby. But what is that we hear you ask!
The Windy City Rubber Duck Derby is an annual event and is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. An amazing 50,000 rubber ducks are put into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive Bridge. The ducks are sponsored and the money raised helps young athletes across the state. The ducks must be an amazing spectacle as the river turns yellow for the afternoon as the birds make their way downstream.
Well it all makes a change from coffee mornings and raffles doesn't it? Actually a duck race is a fabulous concept. I must organise one soon!