They can say whatever they want about gold fish racing being cruel to the gold fish, but similar comments can never be said about rubber duck racing. The rubber ducks love it. It gets them out of their boxes and into the water.

■ The Great British Duck Race

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The record breaking Great British Duck Race on the Thames at Hampton Court on 2 September 2007 was something to behold indeed. Now, with the internet, if you missed it, you can still behold it.

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With 165,000 rubber ducks participating and raising half a million pounds for charities, this race smashed the Guinness World Record for the World’s Biggest Charity Duck Race. The record had previously been held by Singapore.

Duck Racing in The Wallops
May 8, 2007
Dear DMC,
            I see that you dull men are fans of duck racing. I should let you know that duck racing is not a sport that is limited to big cities like London and Singapore. A duck race will be held in the village of Over Wallop on Monday 28th May:
All best,
Philippa Witherspoon
Nether Wallop, Hampshire