All posts by Sam Duck

Meet David

So, I promised I would introduce you to some of my new recruits.

But before I start, it’s important to say that I am taking my role of official Duck Race Personal Trainer (DRPT) very seriously and have undertaken some serious training of my own.

As a DRPT, I now possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programs for younger ducks. I plan to instruct and assist fellow ducks in reaching personal health and fitness goals. But ultimately, I will help one of them to win the biggest race of their life!

Just think of me as Irving “Irv” Blitzer from Cool Runnings (google it!)

So, lets meet the ‘swimmers and paddlers’ in this years’ race.
Meet David, he tall for his age and very athletic. He has a near perfect psyche for long distance paddling and to be honest, on the surface he appears to be a bit of a dude.

David has always been very focused and he stands out at school for his sporting prowess.

But David is painfully shy and finds it hard to talk to people around him preferring hide behind his shades or to lose himself in a long distance swim.

So, how did I help him to feel more a part of a team?
Simple, on David’s behalf, I enlisted a couple of the ducklings to help him with his training regime…. budding chef Jamie took over David’s diet ensuring the right balance of carbs and protein not to mention his 10 a day whilst mathematician Carol got busy with her stop watch timing races, working out PB’s and spurring David on to faster and faster race times.

So, come on down and see Team David on Sunday for a really great example of team work in action.

Photo Credit: Daniel Rothamel

Fancy a waddle? You would be Quackers to miss it!

There is only one place to be on Sunday 7th May and that is at the annual Storrington Village Duck Race which promises thrills and spills as the ducks race to glory alongside a great range of entertainment for all.

Join us from midday on Sunday 7th May at Riverside Walk and Library Car Park to race ducks and raise money for the Friends of Storrington First School.

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

Ducks for each race are on sale now and 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 Finale.

To add to the fun, there will be fun-fair rides and face-painting, craft stalls, music, ice-cream and cakes plus the ever popular BBQ.

All proceeds from the Duck Race will go to Storrington First School to provide and maintain facilities and equipment for the children.

The Duck Race team are still taking bookings for stands so if you have an idea for a stall or a craft business that you want to promote please get in touch with georgedelarue@hotmail.co.uk.

And the Car Boot is back! Car boot pitches are £10 each. Set up from 10.30 for a midday start. Limited number of spaces available. Either turn up on the day, or book in advance via foss.school@aol.co.uk.

But we couldn’t do it without our sponsors so we would like to thank:

Our star sponsors – Anderson Roundtree Solicitors and Arun Veterinary Group.

Alan’s IT solutions
Barclays bank
Campbell fire Ltd
Chanctonbury Lions Club
Chantry Green
Clark and Charlesworth
Community chores
Crossways veterinary group
Doodley dogs
Fernholdt Barber Lounge
Fowlers estate agents
Funnels furnishings
GC shoe repairs
Graham and Cadell
Henry Adams estate agents
Impulse leisure
Joanna’s boutique tearooms
Mansell McTaggart
MJ cars
0J motors
Rhino rentals
Southdowns bikes
SPC physiotherapy
St Barnabas House
Storrington auto repairs
Storrington scouts
Storrington vipers FC
Sussex local
Tesco
The Card Shop
13 Church Street
Village Green kitchens
Waitrose
Wall Bros

And to our race sponsors:

FOSSers Dunking Ducklings
It’s all gone Quackers – South Downs bikes
Quack national – Fowlers estate agents
Game of ducks – impulse leisure
Animal Quackers – cross Ways vets
Stakes race – Sussex local
Anderson Roundtree and Arun vets grand final

Sam’s Diary – April 27th 2017

Hello, Sam the Duck here, I can’t believe it’s only just over a week to go until the Duck Race, how quickly did that year fly by?
Anyway, I am back and I am looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday 7th May for the annual Storrington Duck Race.
I hear there are some changes this year though.
There will more hotly contested races this year with 6 heats; the top ten ducks from each heat being entered into the Grand Finale, making 7 races in all.

That gives me more of a chance of winning yes?

Well actually, no, I decided after last year’s debacle that I would take a back seat this year and rather than being ‘in it to win it’, I will help the youngsters.

But before I get ahead of myself, perhaps you don’t know what happened last year.

Well, let me tell you.

I am sure you will remember that I trained like a dog, or was it like a duck, to be in tip top condition.
I learnt how to breathe, I ate well, I stretched, I meditated, I focused and oh boy did I get in the zone….in short, I was totally ready for the big day.
So what went so wrong….
Um.
With all the training and focus and hard work….. I was so exhausted that I slept through the whole thing!
I dreamt that I had won and won big but in truth, I snored my way through the most important day of the year.
So this year I have decided to dedicate myself to helping sharing all the things I have learnt to help the youngster paddle to glory.
Over the next few days I am going to introduce you to a few of the up and coming ducks who will be competing on the day, perhaps one will take your fancy for a bet?
Keep an eye out for them all won’t you!

A thank you to our sponsors

The Village Duck Race would not be possible without our fabulous sponsors.

A big THANK YOU to ALL who have sponsored us.

Our 2 star sponsors:

ANDERSON ROWNTREE SOLICITORS
They can be found at 20 Mill Square in Storrington and can help clients with:

Residential and Commercial Property
Wills, Trusts and Probate
Family Law
Litigation
Commercial Services

www.andersonrowntree.co.uk

ARUN VETERINARY GROUP
They are about to move their Storrington practice to Mill Stream Medical Centre, North Street Car Park. A family run Vet practice providing a personal and professional service to pets and their owners.

www.arunvetgroup.co.uk

Among our other sponsors are:

Chantry Green Professional Gardening
Impulse Leisure
Storrington Auto Repairs
Fowlers Estate Agents

Alan’s IT Solutions
Wall Bros Flooring
OK Motors
SPC Physiotherapy
MJ Cars

Sussex Local
Crossways Veterinary Group
Rhino Rental
Clarke & Charlesworth
South Downs Bikes

We would also like to thank Mansell McTaggart Estate Agents for printing all of our fabulous looking programs.

You can pick up your free copy in advance at various places in the village e.g. Costa coffee or collect one from the duck selling tent on the day.

Sunday 7th May 12 noon to 2.30, Riverside Walk and Library Car Park.

It’s competition time!

Dear FOSS Facebook Follower and members of the public
As you know, the Annual Duck Race is nearly upon us and we thought you might want to show off your ‘quackers’ side!
We want you to take a photo, of a duck.
That’s it.
Just a duck.
A photo of a duck.
Take your photo and post it here.
And the best photo will win a prize.
The rules:
– you must take the photo in or around the village
– you must upload your photo to the FOSS Facebook page by 6pm on 4th May or email the photo to info@storringtonduckrace.co.uk
– the photo must be your own work and not downloaded from an image gallery
– the photo does not have to be of a real duck. For example, see one of our lovely school mums modelling a rather fetching duck in 2015!
– the FOSS committee will pick a winner and their decision will be final
Please keep it clean! That said, comedy images will be considered.
Please post your photo on this page with your name and the name of the person who took the shot, if it’s not you personally.
Remember that whilst this is a closed group, all members of the group will be able to see your entry unless you email it through.
Please post all your entries by 4th May and the winner will be announced at the Duck Race!
One of these fantastic Duck onesies is up for grabs…..
Good luck one and all
FOSSDuck Onesie

Storrington Village Duck Race – 7th May 2017 from 12 noon to 2:30pm

You would be Quackers to miss it!

If you are looking for a fun-filled family day out this May, then the annual Storrington Village Duck Race promises thrills and spills as the ducks race to glory alongside a great range of entertainment for all.

Join us from midday on Sunday 7th May at Riverside Walk and Library Car Park to race ducks to raise money for the Friends of Storrington School.
There will more hotly contested races this year with 6 heats; the top ten ducks from each heat being entered into the Grand Finale, making 7 races in all.

Ducks for each race can be bought in advance in the weeks 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 Finale.

To add to the fun, there will be fun-fair rides and face-painting, craft stalls, live music, ice-cream and cakes plus the ever popular BBQ.

All proceeds from the Duck Race will go to Storrington First School to provide and maintain facilities and equipment for the children.

The Duck Race team are taking bookings for stands now so if you have an idea for a stall or a craft business that you want to promote please get in touch with georgedelarue@hotmail.co.uk, or if you would like to sponsor a race or advertise in the Duck Race programme please contact foss.school@aol.co.uk

Please waddle down to join in the fun, we look forward to seeing you there!

Well done to everyone who waddled with us on 8th May at the Storrington Village Duck Race

Well done to everyone who waddled with us on 8th May at the Storrington Village Duck Race

Raising a staggering £5792.43 for Storrington First School, the 2016 annual village Duck Race has been applauded as one of the best by everyone who came and the sun certainly did shine for the occasion.

Put on by the friends and family of Storrington First School alongside the ever-eager teachers and a fair few helpful pupils too, the day was a triumph of food, fun and feather flapping fast-ness as the Ducks raced for a place in the last race and the chance to win cash prizes.

Stealing the show as ever was the sizzling Dad’s BBQ where a record number of burgers and sausages were hand served to a never-ending queue of eager eaters happy to wait in line for a feast from the fathers.

The cake stall gave the BBQ a run for its money this year with the table struggling to take the weight of all the home made treats and tasties to put Mary Berry to shame….it seems Storrington really does have bakery talent.

“We are delighted with how everything went this year”, said the organising team.  “We would like to thank everyone involved, who helped in any capacity, and all those who came along to support us again this year.”  “All proceeds from the Duck Race will go to Storrington First School and it’s such a worthy cause supporting our children in their learning and development. It’s a delight to be able to create a fun day like this knowing how valued it is by the community. Roll on 2017….”

I did it!

I did it!

Well, I got to the end of the race at least.

I will update you all soon on how well I did, but right now Michelle says I have to focus on my recovery.

She says immediately afterwards I need to have a warm bath/shower, soak my feet in cool water, have a nice meal and a drink or two to celebrate. So that’s what I am off to do.

I have booked a massage to aid recovery and prevent soreness, and I plan to take a couple of days off and then start off gently with a walk, swim, etc. and see how I feel.

After all, it’s only 364 days till we go again…..

Signing off

Sam the Duck

It’s the big day today!

It’s the big day and I am N.E.R.V.O.U.S.!

So I managed an early night last night thanks to a long, hot bath with Neal’s Yard Relaxing Bath Soak, my favorite if anyone ever wants to treat me. I attacked my webs with the pumice stone, all this running and swimming has taken its toll and I fear I am developing a callous to rival Victoria Beckhams’ famous disfiguration.

Anyway, I digress, it’s the nerves you know.

Michelle told me I must eat breakfast, even a small amount is good she said, so I took her at her word and tucked into cereal, yoghurt, fruit, full English, toast and tea. Feel much better if a little heavy around the middle which I hope doesn’t result in me sinking….

Anyway I digress again, it’s the nerves you know.

Michelle says to take 5 minutes to think about what I’m going to be doing, visualise success! She says if you feel nervous try deep breathing, breath in for a count of 5 and out for a count of 7. Iiiiiin, ouuuuuuut…..that’s better. Calm now.

So I need to allow plenty of time to get to the start…that’s me off….see you all on the other side!

Sam the Duck