What’s it all about?
This is our Flagship Event. As well as raising funds, it also raises awareness in the community of how we help local needy people.
Of course, it’s also about winning the prize for the best decorated duck and about winning the race!
The event is aimed at local businesses. We invite them to buy a duck, to be innovative and to have fun decorating it and for larger companies to buy a flock of ducks, maybe run a internal competition or a team building exercise. We aim to secure as much local and social media publicity for our entrants as we possibly can.
It’s about having 100s of wonderfully decorated ducks on display at the start and competing in the race. It’s quite a spectacle!
When & where
Starting in Two Rivers; the ducks race down the River Colne and into the Thames with the finishing line at the Memorial Gardens. Race starts at 2pm. Please deliver your decorated duck from 11am to 12.30pm on the day to the start (exact location to be confirmed). If you can’t deliver please contact us by 21st June to arrange collection.
Buying your duck
Please buy a duck for the race. They are just £50 which, of course, is tax deducktable! The duck is yours to keep and enter next year. The re-entry price is £25.
Schools & Registered Charities pay just £25. Decorate your duck in your charity or school colours, your favourite team or with an interesting theme.
from MidasPlus to donate to a charity of your choice
A night’s stay for 2
Including dinner & breakfast at The Runnymede on Thames
from MidasPlus to donate to a charity of your choice
Send us a photo of your duck and we will post it on Facebook and choose the winner.
- The event will be organised by the trustees and helpers of MidasPlus Fundraising.
- Large plastic ducks will be floated down the River Colne, commencing from around Two Rivers (actual location to be confirmed) and continuing on into the River Thames and finishing at the Memorial Gardens. The start time will be on the MidasPlus website.
- 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.
- 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.
- The organisers are not responsible for any duck that misses entry into the race for any reason.
- The organiser will not be held responsible for any damage to either ducks or the decorative aspects of the ducks.
- 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.
- 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 £250 to the duck owner. MidasPlus will also donate £250 to the owner’s chosen local charity.
- 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:
- 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.
- Ducks may be carried by the current into the bank or another obstruction.
- If a group of ducks arrive at the finish together, it may be necessary to select a winner and ignore similarly placed ducks.
- 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 or terminate the race prior to the planned finishing point.
- 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.
- There may be other unforeseen circumstances.
- In unforeseen circumstances the starting or finishing point, time and/or date could be changed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.keyfutures.uk and will be submitted to the local press.
- The trustees of MidasPlus Fundraising will make other decisions concerning the race and the dispersal of funds.
- MidasPlus reserves the right to deduct the costs of purchasing the ducks and expenses. Any disputes can be referred to the Trustees of MidasPlus Fundraising. Their decisions are final.
- MidasPlus Fundraising has registered with Spelthorne Council for this event, which will be conducted in accordance with the rules set out by the Council.
The last Sunday in June at 2pm
A Starting in Two Rivers and finishing on the River Thames at the Memorial Gardens, Staines upon Thames
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 for £25 on the last Sunday in June
Please complete the online entry form. Payment is due 7 days prior to the race. Please go to this page for payment details
Yes, if requested; receipts will be sent to the company address once payment is cleared
We will contact you to agree arrangements for you to receive your duck
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
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
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
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.
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
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:
- 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.
- By arrangement with MidasPlus
Nick's Duck Design Tips
With a new award for Best Designed Duck, there are even more reasons to get creative. Nick Bennett, Designer at Design Incorporated, provides his top ten tips to ensure your duck is well designed.
Plan your design in advance. Draw out some designs in advance to make sure you are happy with the creative route. This will also help you work out what materials you will need.
Get noticed. A colourful duck gets noticed more than the standard yellow, so get out the paintbrushes and create a masterpiece of colour. Please be sure to use waterproof or acrylic paint.
Change the entire colour of your duck. Or simply add some multi-coloured patterns, words, symbols or even paint your company logo onto the duck.
Take your time. A carefully designed duck will beat a rushed design every time.
The more decoration, the merrier. Place dots of glue and add jewellery, fake gems, feathers or glitter and make your duck stand out. Make sure you shake off any excess glitter after the glue has dried.
Give your duck an outfit. Turn your duck into a superhero by adding a cape. Or add a tie and glasses to create a businessman look. Or a leather jacket. Or add a hat, a crown or policeman’s helmet.
Don’t forget hair and makeup. Make your duck look faaaabbbulouuuuus!
Add attachments. Anything goes (other than outboard motors!) so get creative – turn the duck into an aeroplane, a helicopter, a furry gorilla, whatever.
Keep it light. Every entry is up for an award but make sure your decorations and attachments are not too heavy. We don’t want your duck to sink as soon as it goes in the water.
Share the fun. Ask your friends, colleagues or family to help and make it a joint venture.
The winner of the 2019 Big Duck Race was Suzanne Pullen Managing Director of The Inner Potential
She won dinner, overnight accommodation, breakfast and use of the Spa at the Runnymede on Thames plus £500 of which she donated £150 to Cancer Research, £150 to the British Heart Foundation and £200 to MidasPlus.
Well done and Thank you Suzanne
The winner of the Best Duck Design was Elmbridge Rentstart