14/04/2019

The Lechlade Duck Race returns Monday 6th May!

Organised by volunteers from RAF Brize Norton and sponsored by us, the fun family fundraiser returns to Riverside Park after taking a break in 2018.

Thousands of plastic ducks will take to the Thames for the 2019 Lechlade Duck Race.
Organised by volunteers from RAF Brize Norton, the fun family fundraiser returns to Riverside Park after taking a break in 2018. And we've been announced as its Gold Sponsor for 2019, hoping to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.

First held in 2014, the Lechlade Duck Race attracts spectators from across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and beyond, and around 6,000 people are expected to turn out for this year’s event.
The fundraiser, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, will feature a wide variety of attractions, including fairground rides, a mobile farm, static helicopter, food and drink stalls, inflatables and face painting.

But the main draw is the duck race itself, which will see around 6,000 plastic ducks released onto the Thames and carried by the current to the finish line. Spectators can sponsor a duck for £3 and the lucky winner will receive a cash prize of £300, and there are a whole host of other prizes for the runners-up.

As a warm-up for the main event, a fleet of bigger ducks will do battle in the corporate duck race, which will feature entries from ourselves and the other sponsors including Advantage One Security and The Riverside Pub.

All money raised on the day will be shared between the event’s four chosen charities, the Royal Air Force Association, the Cotswold Water Park Trust, the Lechlade Memorial Hall and Lechlade Little Learners.

Sgt Jonathan Owen-Williams, Project Manager for the 2019 Lechlade Duck Race, said: “After taking a break last year to focus on the RAF 100 celebrations, we are really looking forward to bringing the Lechlade Duck Race back to Riverside Park in 2019.

“It is a fantastic family event which brings the whole community together and we will be putting on a much bigger range of attractions this year, including more fairground rides, more entertainment for the kids and live music for the first time.

“We’re delighted to have Bloor Homes as our Gold Sponsor for this year’s race. An event of this scale would not be possible without sponsorship so we are extremely grateful to Bloor Homes and our other sponsors for their support.”

Clare Doody, Sales Manager at Bloor Homes Western, said: “As a housebuilder we are always keen to support the local communities in which we build so we are proud to be sponsoring such a popular charity event.

“We are really looking forward to what should be a fantastic day and to cheering on our very own Bloor Homes duck in the corporate race.”

For more information about the event, and to sponsor a duck, visit http://www.lechladeduckrace.com/