Who let the ducks out?

Duck race struggles in the shifty weather.

Duck race struggles in the shifty weather.

Tim and Zoe Gardener encourage the buck-a-duck ducks as they race down the Taruheru River at the weekend. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
Life Education Trust mascot Harold the giraffe gets into the swing of duck racing with Casey Orford and Taye McGuinness.
A Midway Surf Club volunteer attempts to keep the ducks on course as the annual Five-Buck-A-Duck race gets under way.
Rare gift given to the Botanical Gardens has been gratefully received.

Mother nature took control of thousands of eager ducks set loose as the annual Five-Buck-A-Duck race ran at the weekend.

Despite shifty weather conditions, people gathered on the banks of the Taruheru River to watch and cheer on as the ducks were tossed about by wind, swell and tide as they made their best efforts to win or even finish the race.

Paddlers from the Midway Surf Club were kept busy attempting to encourage the ducks to stay on course and head to the finish line.

“This was the longest and toughest duck race in history and I think we may have had a few runaway ducks make an escape to the ocean,” said race organiser Carol Shepherd.

“Usually the race is completed within 10 minutes but after a challenging 45 minutes we finally had some winners.”

The 1000 tickets made available for the Five-Buck-A-Duck race were sold out before the event and the Big-Buck-A-Duck corporate race saw about 100 decoy ducks fight the conditions and each other for top honours.

Peter Burgess Contracting were the eventual corporate race winners, with Poverty Bay Decorating taking out the prize for best-dressed duck.

“This is a fantastic community event which couldn’t run without the support of the local business community”, said Ms Shepherd.

Almost $20,000 was raised for Life Education Trust and other youth specific projects and programmes in Gisborne.

Mother nature took control of thousands of eager ducks set loose as the annual Five-Buck-A-Duck race ran at the weekend.

Despite shifty weather conditions, people gathered on the banks of the Taruheru River to watch and cheer on as the ducks were tossed about by wind, swell and tide as they made their best efforts to win or even finish the race.

Paddlers from the Midway Surf Club were kept busy attempting to encourage the ducks to stay on course and head to the finish line.

“This was the longest and toughest duck race in history and I think we may have had a few runaway ducks make an escape to the ocean,” said race organiser Carol Shepherd.

“Usually the race is completed within 10 minutes but after a challenging 45 minutes we finally had some winners.”

The 1000 tickets made available for the Five-Buck-A-Duck race were sold out before the event and the Big-Buck-A-Duck corporate race saw about 100 decoy ducks fight the conditions and each other for top honours.

Peter Burgess Contracting were the eventual corporate race winners, with Poverty Bay Decorating taking out the prize for best-dressed duck.

“This is a fantastic community event which couldn’t run without the support of the local business community”, said Ms Shepherd.

Almost $20,000 was raised for Life Education Trust and other youth specific projects and programmes in Gisborne.

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