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Durham goes ‘Quackers’ for annual DUCK Race

DUCK Durham

This weekend will see the return of the annual DUCK Race in Durham. This is one of Durham University Charity Kommittees (DUCK’s) most popular events of the year, which brings together students and local residents to experience the unique character of Durham! The race takes place on  Saturday 10th March at 2pm, when 10,000 rubber ducks will be launched from Elvet Bridge and raced down the River Wear. It is certainly not an event to be missed!!

Why this event will be FAB!

DUCK DurhamIt’s not every day you watch 10,000 rubber ducks race down the River Wear, is it? Well, this student led event, created for students, local residents and visitors to Durham lets you do just that! Tickets are only £1, which immediately enters you and your duck, in the race. There are some amazing prizes on offer this year for the first ducks past the finish line including; a pizza express meal for two, a family pass for Kirkley Zoo and a first prize of £400 to the winner.

As well as this amazing race, there will also be entertainment from DU dance societies, as well as scavenger hunts and food and drink. This is great event for families and students, and well worth a trip into town – and don’t worry, all 10,000 ducks are collected up at the end of the race, ready for next year.

All for a good causeDUCK Durham

DUCK hold this event this year to raise money charity. This year funds will be donated to our chosen charity the Great North Air Ambulance Service and DUCK Local Charities Fund. By getting involved not only will you have a great day out, you will also be supporting some amazing local charities!

How to get involved in the DUCK Race

If you would like to purchase a ticket for this event, please visit the Durham Students’ Union website, or email our events team at   So, even if anyone who can’t make it to the event, can still buy a ticket and be in with the chance of winning!

Who are DUCK?

DUCK Durham logoDUCK is Durham’s version of a university RAG, which means we are here to support all students and staff in fundraising for charities in the North East, nationally and internationally. We offer extraordinary opportunities to meet new people through our events, explore the world through our expeditions and test your endurance levels to the limit in our challenges. What makes this all so fantastic is that whilst doing this we raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities across the globe!

Why I’m involved with DUCK

I got involved with DUCK this year because I love working with charities and being involved in a big team. At the beginning of this year, I applied to be part of the Events team and it has been the highlight of my first year at Durham. It is so fun and so rewarding, and I would recommend it to anyone! Make sure to follow us on social media so that you can get involved next year!

Find out out more about DUCK

Emily Whitewick

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