Quacking good day at the races at Wymeswold

Appropriate costume at the start of the 5 mile run.
Appropriate costume at the start of the 5 mile run.
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Crowds flocked to Wymeswold on Sunday for the annual duck races plus the five-mile ‘waddle’ and two-kilometre family fun run.

More than 250 runners took part in the Wymeswold Waddle including Education Secretary and Loughborough’s Tory MP Nicky Morgan.

Doubtful he finished in No1 position.

Doubtful he finished in No1 position.

This was followed by over 200 fun-runners tackling the 2k course, including many families running together.

The duck races got underway next with four betting races on the River Mantle organised by the Wymeswold Playgroup.

A fly-past by a Second World War Dakota thrilled the crowds at about 3pm and there was also live music throughout the afternoon with performances from The Wymeswold Ukulele Band and Spectrum.

Nick Shaw, who helped co-ordinate the running events, said: “For the first time in a while the weather stayed fine and people were able to enjoy themselves.

7 year old Ruby Fox in charge of selling the ducks before the race.

7 year old Ruby Fox in charge of selling the ducks before the race.

“Attendances were up on last year - not just because of the weather but due to the fact there was more fun and activities for all the family.

“It was great to see so many people taking part in the waddle in different costumes.”

Many village clubs, societies and organisations ran their own attractions to raise funds, and the duck races themselves generated around £1,100 for local clubs and community projects.

Full results can be found at www.wymeswold.com