Duck Race Details

There are 6 races with 500 ducks taking part in each. The winner of each race will receive a prize and the first 10 ducks from each race then automatically qualify for the Grand Final.

1st Race – Speedy Ducks from Class Cover – Sponsored by Class Cover

2nd Race – The Toovey’s Auction Golden Duck Cup – Sponsored by Toovey’s

3rd Race – The Nutcracker Cup – Sponsored by The Dance Hut

4th Race – EYE EYE DUCKY – Sponsored by Martin Steels

5th Race – A quacking good facial – Sponsored by Body & Face

6th Race – Southduck Gliding Cup – Sponsored by Southdown Gliding Club

Grand Final is kindly sponsored by

Storrington Duck Race Raffle Tickets

The Storrington Duck Race is our biggest fundraiser. With your generous help we aim to raise enough money to fund our pool costs for the coming year as well as continue to work with the school to fund a wider curriculum.  If we all sell the tickets that are brought home by the students, it has the potential to utterly transform our fundraising for the year as all proceeds go directly to Storrington Primary School.

There are fabulous prizes this year including: 

So please buy/sell the tickets, which are £1 each and in books of 5. If you need more tickets then please come to the Storrington Primary School office to collect or buy more.

Completed ticket stubs and cash need to be returned to the school office no later than Wednesday 17th May. If you are paying by cheque, please make it payable to ‘Friends of Storrington School’. Please return any unsold tickets to the school office so that we can try and sell them on the race day.

Why do we hold a duck race to raise money for Storrington Primary School?

We hold the Duck Race to raise money for the Storrington Primary School pool upkeep and maintenance as well as additional resources for the wider curriculum.

Sports play an essential role in shaping young people’s lives, and they can have a positive impact on both physical and mental health. Participating in sports activities at school can help students develop teamwork skills, self-confidence, and leadership qualities.

Firstly, participating in sports activities can help students develop their physical fitness and overall health. Regular exercise is crucial for maintaining a healthy body weight and reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Sports can also promote healthy habits such as proper nutrition and hydration, which can have lifelong benefits for students’ health.

Swimming helps children!

Secondly, sports can help students develop valuable social skills. Playing sports requires teamwork and cooperation, which can help students develop their communication and interpersonal skills. Students who participate in sports activities can also learn how to work through conflicts and solve problems effectively, which can translate into other areas of their lives.

Thirdly, sports can improve students’ mental health and well-being. Physical exercise releases endorphins, which are known to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Participating in sports activities can also help students develop self-confidence and a positive self-image, which can have a significant impact on their mental health.

Finally, sports can help students develop leadership qualities. Students who participate in sports activities often take on leadership roles, such as team captain or coach. These roles can help students develop leadership skills such as communication, decision-making, and problem-solving, which can be valuable in both personal and professional settings.

That is why Storrington Primary School believes that sports play a vital role in school education and can have a positive impact on students’ physical, social, and mental health. By providing opportunities for students to participate in sports activities, our school can help them develop valuable skills and qualities that can benefit them throughout their lives. So, it is crucial that we support the Storrington Duck Race to enable our school to prioritise sports activities as part of their educational programs to provide students with a holistic learning experience.

How are rubber ducks made?

Rubber ducks are a classic toy that has been enjoyed by generations of children and adults alike. These cute and colorful toys are a staple of bath time and have become a symbol of childhood. But have you ever wondered how rubber ducks are made?

The first step in making a rubber duck is to create a mold. The mold is made from a high-quality, heat-resistant silicone material, which is designed to withstand the high temperatures of the manufacturing process. The mold is created by injecting liquid silicone into a pattern of the duck’s shape, which is then cured in a heat-controlled environment to form a solid mold.

Creating a rubber duck

Once the mold is complete, the next step is to create the rubber duck itself. The raw material used to make rubber ducks is a type of rubber called vinyl. Vinyl is a flexible, durable material that can be molded into various shapes. The vinyl is poured into the mold, which is then heated to a specific temperature to cure the vinyl and form the rubber duck’s shape.

After the rubber duck has been formed, it is removed from the mold and sent to a finishing department where any excess vinyl is trimmed away. The duck is then cleaned and dried before being painted. The paint used to color the rubber ducks is a special type of paint called “flocking,” which adheres to the vinyl surface and is resistant to water.

The final step in making a rubber duck is to add any additional details, such as eyes or a beak. These details are typically made from a non-toxic, water-resistant plastic material that is attached to the duck using a special adhesive.

So when you watch your ducks race to glory, spare a minute to appreciate all the hard work put in to creating these little yellow toys!

History of Duck Races

Duck races are a popular and entertaining event that take place in different parts of the world. These races involve hundreds of rubber ducks floating down a river or stream, with the first duck to cross the finish line winning a prize for its owner. In this blog post, we will explore the history and significance of duck races, as well as some of the famous duck races held across the globe.

Ducks ready to race

The history of duck races can be traced back to the mid-1980s, when the first-ever duck race was held in Vancouver, Canada. The event was organized by the Rotary Club of Vancouver, with the aim of raising funds for charity. The idea proved to be a huge success, and soon other organisations around the world began organising their own duck races.

Duck races have become a popular way of raising money for various causes, such as supporting local charities, funding environmental conservation projects, or financing education initiatives. These events bring communities together, with people of all ages coming out to watch the spectacle of hundreds of rubber ducks floating down a river or stream.

One of the most famous duck races in the world is the Great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race, held in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The event has been running for over 30 years and sees over 40,000 ducks racing down the Tennessee River. The race is held every year in September and has become a major event in the city’s calendar, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Another well-known duck race is the Llangollen Duck Race, held in Wales, UK. This event sees thousands of rubber ducks launched into the River Dee, with the first duck to cross the finish line winning a cash prize for its owner. The Llangollen Duck Race has been running for over 25 years and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

In Japan, duck races are a popular form of entertainment, with events taking place in cities such as Osaka and Tokyo. These races often involve more than just rubber ducks, with real ducks also taking part in the competition. The ducks are trained by their owners and race down a specially designed track, with the winner receiving a prize.

In Australia, the Great Brisbane Duck Race sees over 40,000 rubber ducks launched into the Brisbane River, with the event raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The race has become a major event in the city’s calendar and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

In conclusion, duck races are a fun and entertaining way of raising money for a good cause. From Vancouver to Tokyo to Storrington, these events have become a popular way of bringing communities together and supporting local charities. Next time you see a rubber duck floating down the River Arun, remember that it is racing for a great cause, our Storrington Primary School!

Let us introduce our Star Sponsors

As we head into the count down to our Duck Race on the 21 May, the volunteers are working their fingers to the bone! However all this work has been greatly helped by our amazing sponsors. So we would like to take time to thank them.

Our Star Sponsors for 2023 are as follows:

Fowlers Estate Agents. For all your residential needs, whether buying or renting, they are the complete package. Marcel and his team are always on hand to take you through the process with their extensive knowledge of Storrington and the surrounding areas.

Sivtech is independent garage based in Storrington covering all of West Sussex with over 20 years experience in the motor industry. They cater for servicing, repairs, diagnostics and MOT testing.

Eva Rose Bridal is conveniently situated on the High Street in Storrington. Catering to brides, bridesmaids and not to forget, the all essential accessories for your special day!

Crossways Veterinary clinic has been there for your pets for the past 40 years, offering routine check-ups to complex procedures. Their team are always on hand to help!

Thank you so m much to our star sponsors! We appreciate all your support with our 2023 Duck Race.

Storrington Duck Race is back!

Time: First race starts at approximately 12.30pm

Date: Sunday 21st May, 12pm – 3.30pm

Venue: Riverside Walk and Library Car Park

There is only one place to be on Sunday 21st May and that is the Storrington Village Duck Race which promises thrills and spills as the ducks race to glory alongside a great range of entertainment for all the family.

Join us from midday at Riverside Walk and Library Car Park to race ducks and raise money for the Friends of Storrington Primary School (FOSS) a registered charity which supports Storrington Primary School.

There will be 6 hotly contested heats this year; the top ten ducks from each heat being entered into the Grand Final, making 7 races in all.

Ducks for each race can be bought in advance in the days leading up to the big day, or on the day itself from the many volunteers in the village. Prizes are on offer for each of the heats with Cash prizes available for the winning ducks in the Grand Final.

To add to the fun, there will be  stalls, music, bar, refreshments, a grand raffle, ice-cream and cakes.

All proceeds from the Duck Race will go to provide and maintain facilities and equipment for the children including the school swimming pool.

The Duck Race team are still taking bookings for stalls so if you have an idea for a stall or a craft business that you want to promote please get in touch with us