Fundraising race that’s simply quackers

Duck race at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield
Duck race at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield
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THOUSANDS of ducks sailed down a Sheffield river in a fun-filled race against time.

But the birds were plastic and returned to their box following the annual Easter duck race in Endcliffe Park.

Duck race at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield

Duck race at Endcliffe Park, Sheffield

Organisers say about £7,000 was raised by the race, which filled the park with 2,000 attendees.

The money will boost the restoration of Forge Dam.

The ducks travelled about a third of a mile downstream in the Porter Brook.

Ann le Sage, chairman of the Friends of Porter Valley, said: “The atmosphere was wonderful – a real sense of community and fun. The running of the race had really been threatened by the weather this year - on the Tuesday before Friends volunteers had to chip the ice off the paths and steps in the park.

“But we carefully checked wind speed for the shelters, the banks for slippery mud, the brook for its depth and flow, and cleaned out all the glass and tin cans so everywhere was safe and ready.”