Crowds turn out for Burton Latimer duck race

The duck race
The duck race

Burton Latimer’s annual duck race went ahead at the weekend, despite concerns that the ducks may not be able to race because of recent heavy rainfall.

Hundreds of ducks took to the water at the town’s pocket park on Sunday afternoon (July 15).

The duck which won the 2012 Burton Latimer duck race

The duck which won the 2012 Burton Latimer duck race

Organisers had feared the race may not go ahead because rainfall had left the river levels high.

The winning duck was number 684, winning its owner £100. In second place was duck number 256, which won £60, duck number 1 was in third place, winning £30, and duck number 735 was fourth, winning £10.

Organiser Maureen Jerram said: “We have had record numbers and despite thinking we wouldn’t be able to race the ducks, we did, so we were really pleased about that. I think our men deserve a medal for racing them.”

John Howes, of Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, was among the crowds at the race. He said: “We live locally so thought we would come and support the event. I had a duck in the race but I don’t know what happened to it. I think it’s brilliant to have events like this locally.”

See more on the duck race in the Northamptonshire Telegraph on Thursday (July 19)