Ducks sail to victory in the rapid river race
Posted on July 18, 2007
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.
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
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