Whitworth Town Council

Annual New Year's Day Duck Race

The Duck Race is organised jointly between Whitworth Town Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee and CLAW (the Community Leisure Association of Whitworth).

For those unfamiliar with the concept, you ‘sponsor’ a numbered yellow rubber duck for £1.00, which is then entered into the Duck Race.  The first one across the line wins, with cash prizes for first, second and third place ducks of £100, £75 and £50.  There’s also a tenner for the last duck across the line.  After the Duck Race the Cock & Magpie pub on the corner of Tong End and Cockhall Lane will be open for soup, sandwiches and chips.

Councillor David Chorlton, chair of the Tourism and Leisure Committee, says: “For those who have not been to the Whitworth Duck Race in the past, the sight of hundreds of yellow rubber ducks heading swiftly downstream really is a sight to behold!  This has always been a popular event in the Whitworth calendar."

The Duck Race always takes place on New Year's Day at Cowm Reservoir at 1.00pm.  You can sponsor a duck now – sponsor sheets are available at the Whitworth Council Office, Riverside (Civic Hall), Post Office, Sandy's Barbers, Whitworth Leisure Centre and UBS, and from Whitworth Town Councillors.  You can also sponsor a duck on the day.