Grand Norwich Duck Race goes swimmingly despite wet weather

The Unicorn Duck by Break's shop in Diss. Photo: Jack Edwards

The Unicorn Duck by Break's shop in Diss. Photo: Jack Edwards - Credit: Archant

It was nice weather... for ducks.

Hundreds of people braved the rain on Sunday to watch The Grand Norwich Duck Race on the River Wensum.

The event, organised by the charity Break, saw 120 large rubber ducks thrown into the water at St George's Bridge.

Volunteers on paddle boards then helped push them along to the finish line at Fye's Bridge.

Some of this year's designs took inspiration from various TV and film characters including Buzz Lightyear and Admiral Ackbar.

This year’s winning duck was Inspired DuckaRoo, from the social enterprise Inspired Youth. Photo: Lu

This year’s winning duck was Inspired DuckaRoo, from the social enterprise Inspired Youth. Photo: Luke Powell - Credit: Archant


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Earlier in the afternoon, 3,000 smaller rubber ducks were also placed in the water to race.

Event organiser Sarah Bunn said: 'The weather today has been a little inclement, which is perfect for ducks, not so perfect for humans.

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'But even so, it is great to see around 1,000 people lining the sides of the river.'

This year's winning duck was Inspired DuckaRoo, from the social enterprise Inspired Youth.

Around 3,000 smaller rubber ducks raced down the River Wensum prior to the main event. Photo: Luke P

Around 3,000 smaller rubber ducks raced down the River Wensum prior to the main event. Photo: Luke Powell - Credit: Archant

The ducks will now be sold off at the Grand Norwich Duck Auction at the Maid's Head, on Thursday, September 20.

From left, Ellen Thompson-Read, 10, and Alice Thompson-Read, 8, with their duck. Photo: Luke Powell

From left, Ellen Thompson-Read, 10, and Alice Thompson-Read, 8, with their duck. Photo: Luke Powell - Credit: Archant

Artist Sally Adams, centre, with her duck HMS Duckorator. Photo: Luke Powell

Artist Sally Adams, centre, with her duck HMS Duckorator. Photo: Luke Powell - Credit: Archant

The first, second and third place ducks, with the winner, Inspired DuckaRoo in the middle. Fire and

The first, second and third place ducks, with the winner, Inspired DuckaRoo in the middle. Fire and Flux came second, followed by Margaret Paddleton. Photo: Luke Powell - Credit: Archant

The podium ducks. Photo: Jack Edwards

The podium ducks. Photo: Jack Edwards - Credit: Archant

The 'duckorator', Sally Adams, with her creation. Photo: Jack Edwards

The 'duckorator', Sally Adams, with her creation. Photo: Jack Edwards - Credit: Archant

Inspired's DuckaRoo crossing the finish line. Photo: Jack Edwards

Inspired's DuckaRoo crossing the finish line. Photo: Jack Edwards - Credit: Archant

Ducks lined up on the bridge. Photo: Jack Edwards

Ducks lined up on the bridge. Photo: Jack Edwards - Credit: Archant

Thousands of little ducks were tipped into the river for the first race. Photo: Jack Edwards

Thousands of little ducks were tipped into the river for the first race. Photo: Jack Edwards - Credit: Archant

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