Wymeswold Duck Race, Waddle and Fun Run 2010

Keith Humphrey receives his trophy

The sun shone and the crowds flocked to Wymeswold on Sunday 16th May for the annual Wymeswold Waddle, Fun Run and the famous Wymeswold Duck Races. The events took place on Brook Street and Narrow Lane in the village, with both roads closed to traffic for the day.

The fun started at 10.30am with the fourth running of the ‘Wymeswold Waddle' , a five-mile running race from the village to Six Hills and back organised by the Wymeswold Running Club.

Over 350 runners took part, and the men's race was won by Martin Lewis from the Poole Runners with a time of 26 minutes and 21 seconds. Meanwhile Gemma Steel from the Charnwood Running Club broke the ladies' course record by three seconds as she was victorious in the women's race, recording a time of 27 minutes and 27 seconds.

The first Wymeswold runner home was Keith Humphrey, who ran the course in a duck costume but still finished in a time of 33 minutes and 12 seconds, while Gill Rogerson was the first Wymeswold woman crossing the line with a time of 41 minutes and 37 seconds.

Following the Waddle, the second Wymeswold Fun Run got underway at 11.30am with nearly 200 entrants, including many families running together and children as young as two taking on the 2-kilometre course.

The winners' prizes were then presented by Jo Healey from BBC East Midlands Today.

All the Waddle runners were presented with a souvenir mug to commemorate their day in Wymeswold, and the fun runners all received a goody bag and special commemorative medal.

Many of the runners and their families then stayed on for the Wymeswold Duck Races, which got underway at 12.30pm.

There were five betting races on the River Mantle in front of the Windmill pub, including an obstacle race when a dozen children took their shoes and socks off to stand in the brook for the ducks to swim around.

The public could win money trying to forecast which duck would win each race, and the children's ‘Puddleduck Regatta' organized by Wymeswold Playgroup attracted over 200 entries.

The Wymeswold Canine Citizen's Group gave a display of dog obedience under the direction of Joan Hubbard, and there was also live music throughout the afternoon with Wymeswold School 's Choir under the direction of Nicci Keeling, and the School's Wind Band, directed by Rachel Evans.

A group of local youngsters called ‘These Side Effects' also played two sets, led by Wymeswold's Ben Keeling on lead vocals.

Many village clubs, societies and organisations ran their own attractions to raise funds, and the Duck Races themselves generated around £1300 in profits to be distributed amongst local clubs and community projects in the coming months.