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The Big Duck Race FAQs

Q When is the race?

A The last Sunday in June at 2pm

Q Where is the race being held?

A Starting on the River Colne at Church Street Bridge and finishing on the River Thames at the Memorial Gardens, Staines upon Thames

Q How much is the duck?

A Each duck is £50.00; this gives you the duck to keep and the opportunity to enter it into next year’s Staines Duck Race on the last Sunday in June

Q How do we order & pay for the duck?

A Please complete the online entry form .
Payment is due 7 days prior to the race
Please go to this page for payment details

Q Will our payment be receipted?

A Yes, if requested; receipts will be sent to the company address once payment is cleared

Q How do we receive our duck?

A We will contact you to agree arrangements for you to receive your duck

Q Can we decorate our duck?

A Yes, we’d love you to, with your logos, colours, anything fun, but remember to bear in mind that you will want your duck to float and that it will be rocking and knocking against all the other ducks in the race as well as contending with the swift currents of the Thames. See our website for examples of decorated ducks and advice on decorating your duck or drop into Hobbycraft, Two Rivers Retail Park Staines-upon-Thames TW18 4WB

Q Can we choose the number of our duck?

A No, sorry, unfortunately we are not equipped to facilitate this request. Ducks are already pre-numbered and can only be issued in random order; your number will be recorded on your receipt of duck docket

Q How does our duck get into the race?

A It is your responsibility to ensure that the duck is at the race starting point 90 minutes prior to the start of the race. The drop off point is at the Two Rivers Public House in Church Street, Staines. If you are unable to do this arrangements must be made with MidasPlus to deliver the duck to the race starting point.

Q What are the prizes?

A Winning duck £500 to be donated to the charity of your choice and a press photo shoot of the winner with their winning duck with the local news.

Q How are the winners notified?

A The winner will be announced in the local press and on the MidasPlus website and the winner’s nominated contact will be emailed confirmation of the win

Q What happens after the race, how do we get our duck back?

A MidasPlus does not have the facilities to store everyone’s duck long term so ducks will be returned to you in one of the following ways:

  1. On the day, allowing us sufficient time to recover them all from the river, we would ask that a previously authorised person collect it from us at a designated location, to be advised prior to the race.
  2. By arrangement with MidasPlus

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