The fourth annual Duck Race in the River Ouzel brought down the curtain on this year's St Mary's Villages....
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Ducks sail to victory in the rapid river race

Posted on July 18, 2007

This article was published in July 2007. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

The fourth annual Duck Race in the River Ouzel brought down the curtain on this year's St Mary's Villages Carnival.

The crowds turned out along the route in Eaton Bray and Edlesborough to see 250 plastic ducks launched into the river at the appointed hour.

Children hoping their ducks will be the victors

With a strong current, and against a head wind, the flock was soon spread out. Three ducks established an early lead and led all the way but there was a late surge by what would be described in the Tour de France as the peloton. As a result the duck in third place was overtaken only inches from the finishing line.

Six winners shared £150 and £350 went towards boosting the carnival's profit of £11,000.

The winners were:

  • 1st: No.128 - Mrs T Watkin and Ian Ruffle - £37.50 each.
  • 2nd: No.217 - Mr & Mrs D Ross and Mrs H McCluskey - £25 each.
  • 3rd: No. 243 - Mrs L Chapman and Georgia West - £12.50 each.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 17 July 2007

Reader Comments

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July 20, 2007, Joe Plumb says:

Thank you to everyone who helped organise and sell tickets for this fun village event!

July 21, 2007, St Mary's Village Carnival says:

Glad to hear you had a good time Joe.

There are more photos from the Duck Race and the rest of the Carnival at:
Carnival 2007 Photos

July 21, 2007, Eaton Bray says:

I have to agree with Joe, this event is always great fun and everyone that comes down to watch enjoys themselves :-)

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