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Breedon Summer Sunday The Grand Duck Race – Bravo and Thank You!

Posted: Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:35 by Sam Lockwood

Breedon Summer Sunday The Grand Duck Race – Bravo and Thank You!

Breedon Summer Sunday The Grand Duck Race – Bravo and Thank You!

So, the race has come and gone.

Believe it or not, about three months' worth of planning, organisation, procurement, course preparation, rule-making and lots of crossed fingers raced by, or perhaps waddled by, in about thirty minutes. It seemed like thirty seconds to this worried organiser.

To everyone who bought an entry…or multiple entries…thank you very much indeed for supporting what was Breedon's inaugural duck race. The noise from the substantial crowd along the course would indicate that it was an enjoyable finale to a successful Summer Sunday event.

To my trusty deputies on race day, Sarah Tokley, Martin Cooper and Sam Barton, who admirably nudged our reluctant racers along the course in what surely must rank as one of the most surreal experiences of their lives, I thank you for embracing the madness of it all.

To Simon Jones, Dave Camp and your colleagues on the Parish Council, thank you all for giving me full licence to get on with it and despite a few sleepless nights and constant depth testing of the watercourse I thoroughly enjoyed organising and delivering something we can build on in future events.

To my partner, Gail Newport (AKA Head of Creative), thanks for putting up with my new found grown man obsession with little plastic ducks and for providing the zing and zip to event promotion.

To Margaret and Oliver at Pinnacle Stores, thank you for promoting the race and selling entries. To Ian, Bev, Stuart, Jenny, Jackie and Julie at the Three Horseshoes, thank you as well. To Caroline Wenham, Janet Russell and all the staff at the school, thank you also. To Clare Philipson, some special thanks for getting involved as race day drew closer. And finally, to 'Team Hollybush', and Jackie in particular, your single-minded dedication in selling as many entries as fast as possible and getting right behind this lunacy from Day One is much appreciated.

Further thanks and appreciation go to the ladies of the WI, whose multi-faceted Summer Sunday event our little race was bolted on to, for feeding and watering our race goers throughout what was a very warm day.

To one and all, your support for the race has been magnificent and we couldn't have done it without you.

To Peter Spencer, my friend and colleague on the flood group who first suggested the idea, I hope we did the concept proud and I look forward to you joining the fray next time around.

After organiser's costs, we have been able to raise £127.23 which will be donated to the St Mary and St Hardulph Church Repair Fund.

Barrie Nazer, who won the race with Duck 199, has generously donated his £25 prize to the Church as well. This is a splendid gesture and for that Barrie has the honour of flagging the race off with "Gentlemen, start your engines" next time as reigning champion!

If anyone has any suggestions as to how we might improve the racing spectacle in future events, please send an email to Sam Lockwood (clerk@breedonparishcouncil.org.uk) or to me (nigel.page@sky.com). 'More water' in the brook is clearly the obvious one, but this is also somewhat beyond Race Control, unfortunately. Rain dance, anyone?

Finally, Duck 167, sadly decapitated in the mêlée, is in surgery soon and will race again.

That's all, folks!

Nigel Page, Duckmeister

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