VIDEO: Crowds gather for Sheffield duck race

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Bank Holiday weather might have been perfect for ducks – but luckily it was sunshine and good times for the hundreds of people at the Great Sheffield Duck Race.

Young and old packed into a sunny Endcliffe Park yesterday for the eighth annual race, which is raising money towards the £400,000 restoration of Forge Dam.

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park
Line astern under the footbridge

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park Line astern under the footbridge

After a stormy night before, though, organisers almost pulled the plug on the event as water levels had risen so drastically.

But fortunately the weather brightened, the water dropped and hundreds of duck racers got their chance to compete for an array of brilliant prizes.

David Young, treasurer of Friends of the Porter Valley, who organise the race, said: “We were considering cancelling as the water levels had got so high.

“Luckily the water dropped to a safe level in time and we could go ahead.

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park
Stuck ducks get a helping hand through the rapids

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park Stuck ducks get a helping hand through the rapids

“It’s a good turnout and we are hopeful we’ll reach £10,000 like last year.”

Excitement built in the lead up to the main event and the 2,500 rubber yellow ducks were dropped into the river following a crowd countdown from ten.

As the ducks raced downstream, enthusiastic children – and adults – raced along the river banks with them, snapping pictures and trying to spot their racer.

n To find out who the winners were and for more about the fundraising visit www.fopv.org.uk

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park
A stick come in handy to dislodge the ducks

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park A stick come in handy to dislodge the ducks

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park
A young helper makes sure the ducks get through

Friends of Porter Valley Duck race in Endcliffe Park A young helper makes sure the ducks get through