Hundreds of ducks race down Grantham river to raise £631 for charities

The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven duck race.

The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven duck race.

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The fastest Rotary duck race on record raised £631 for local charities when it was held on Saturday.

The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven held its annual event on the River Witham in Wyndham Park and sold 631 tickets for the duck race which started from the footbridge at the end of Redcross Street and ended further downstream from the White Bridge.

The ducks make their way down river in the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven event.

The ducks make their way down river in the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven event.

A strong wind and a full river made sure the ducks reached the finishing line in record time. The winner received £50, with £25 for second place and £15 for third.

Rotarian John Asher said: “We were very pleased. It was not quite as good as last year as Easter was early this year and it was cold and there was the odd shower.

“The river was so full and there was a strong current. When the ducks reached the weir they really speeded up.”

Proceeds from the duck race go to the Scouts in Grantham and to other local charities.

Duck race organiser John Asher, of The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, with some of the competitors.

Duck race organiser John Asher, of The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, with some of the competitors.

The ducks hit the water ready for the annual race organised by The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven. Photo: Toby Roberts

The ducks hit the water ready for the annual race organised by The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven. Photo: Toby Roberts

The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven duck race on the River Witham.

The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven duck race on the River Witham.