Wymeswold Duck Race, Waddle and Fun Run 2011

DC3 Dakota - image copyright BBMF

The slightly damp and overcast weather didn't deter over 2000 people who flocked to Wymeswold on Sunday 15th 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 fifth 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 300 runners took part, and the men's race was won by Mark Greenwood from the Nene Valley Harriers with a time of 26 minutes and 21 seconds. Meanwhile Clare McKitrick from the Charnwood Running Club was victorious in the women's race, recording a time of 29 minutes and 42 seconds.

The first Wymeswold runner home was Keith Humphrey who, like all members of the Wymeswold Running Club, ran the course in a duck costume but still finished in a time of 32 minutes and 15 seconds. Caroline Mansfield was the first Wymeswold woman crossing the line with a time of 42 minutes and 48 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 one taking on the 2-kilometre course. Local MP Nicky Morgan ran the course with her son.

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

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


Waddle Start Fun Run Start


Many of the runners and their families then stayed on for the Wymeswold Duck Races, which got underway at 12.45pm, and were preceded by a spectacular series of flypasts by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Dakota.

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 150 entries.

Live music was provided by two groups of Wymeswold youngsters – ‘Spectrum' and ‘Mind The Gap'

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.

Nick Shaw