event: The Great British Duck Race

Guinness World Record Breaking


The duck race is a fantastic opportunity to have some fun, raise some serious money for a range of good causes and have the chance to win £10,000, as well as take part in a Guinness World Record Attempt



The Great British Duck Race was created by Seventh Sense as a typical example of British eccentricity held at Molesey Lock, Hampton Court.  Some 250,000 rubber ducks made their way down the River Thames to break a World Record for Charity.  This event raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for hundreds of UK charities. A Duck Race of this magnitude had never been attempted in the UK before but, in close partnership with the River Thames Alliance and the Environment Agency, it became the first of many.


Not only did we smash the Guinness World Record for the ‘World’s Biggest Charity Duck Race,’ previously held by Singapore, but also managed to raise more than £200,000 for various good causes. Two thousand spectators came to Hampton Court to bask in the sunshine, cheer on their duck and have a quacking good time! As well as the massive £10,000 top prize, 29 other lucky winners scooped one of a number of great prizes, including £2,000 of Bathstore furnishings supplied by the Lead Sponsors – Bathstore.

Once the winning ducks were verified by a Guinness World Record adjudicator, the clean-up operation clicked into gear as ducks were hooked, packed and ready to be recycled. Over 450 charities from across the UK were involved and benefited from the funds raised at the fun-filled family event, which was started by racing pundit John McCririck, children’s TV presenter Floella Benjamin OBE and the novelist Adele Parks.

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