Rules - Big Duck Race

  • 1. The event will be organised by the trustees and helpers of MidasPlus Fundraising.
  • 2. Large plastic ducks will be floated down the river, commencing in the River Colne from the Church Street bridge and continuing on into the River Thames and finishing at the Memorial Gardens. The start time will be on the MidasPlus website
  • 3. People and organisations will be given the opportunity to purchase a large pre-numbered plastic duck for £50 and to decorate it if so desired and to enter it into the race. The duck remains their property, before, after and for the duration of the race.
  • 4. It will be the responsibility of the duck owner/s to ensure that their duck is delivered to the race organisers on the day of the race, to a place and by a time designated by the race organisers, for it to be entered in the race.
  • 5. The organisers are not responsible for any duck that misses entry into the race for any reason.
  • 6. The organiser will not be held responsible for any damage to either ducks or the decorative aspects of the ducks.
  • 7. It will be the responsibility of the duck owner/s to ensure that their duck is collected from the race organisers after the finish of the race, at a place and by a time designated by the race organisers
  • 8. A prize will be awarded to the duck that floats down the river and reaches the finishing point first. The prize is a donation of £500 to the duck owner/s own chosen charity.
  • 9. This is an event aimed at raising money for charity. Those buying and entering ducks need to accept that while the organisers will endeavour to ensure a fair race, there are a number of circumstances in which an element of luck will favour a winning duck or adversely affect other ducks. In particular:
  • a. The organisers will endeavour to place all the ducks in the water at or about the same time and place; however if a duck fails to enter the water appropriately it may have a reduced chance.
  • b. Ducks may be carried by the current into the bank or another obstruction
  • c. If a group of ducks arrive at the finish together, it may be necessary to select a winner and ignore similarly placed ducks
  • d. Should there be very little flow on the river or should there be a strong wind the organisers may need to assist some or all of the ducks to proceed to the finish
  • e. The organisers have sold ducks that are of the same size and shape. If however, ducks are different, they may display different characteristics and move at different speeds.
  • f. There may be other unforeseen circumstances
  • 10. In unforeseen circumstances the starting point, time and/or date could be changed.
  • 11. In exceptional circumstances it may not be possible to stage the race on the river. In that case a draw will be conducted to ascertain the winners.
  • 12. Although ducks may be decorated, the organisers may disqualify any duck that is interfered with by anyone particularly if this creates a competitive advantage, or for any other reason at their discretion. Any duck where the allocated number is not clearly visible on the underside of the duck will be disqualified. Any duck that is decorated using unsuitable paint or other materials may be disqualified. We suggest you use Acrylic paints. 
  • 13. The organisers will try to contact the winning owner/s. The names of the winner/winning organisation will be placed on the MidasPlus website, www.midasplus.org.uk and will be submitted to the local press.
  • 14. The trustees of MidasPlus Fundraising will make other decisions concerning the race and the dispersal of funds.
  • 15. MidasPlus reserves the right to deduct the costs of purchasing the ducks and expenses.
  • 16. Any disputes can be referred to the Trustees of MidasPlus Fundraising. Their decisions are final.
  • 17. The sale of ducks is arranged under the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976. MidasPlus Fundraising has registered with Spelthorne Council for this event, which will be conducted in accordance with the rules set out by the Council.