Training starts now


I know, I know, I know…..

It’s been a while since I last posted anything but I have been travelling in warmer climes since my heroic efforts in last years’ Storrington Duck Race.

You see, I was spotted by an elite Duck Racing Crew (DRC) and I was invited to travel to their top secret training camp in America (where one of my lesser known relatives called Donald is from I think) to hone my skills ahead of this years’ event on 8th May from midday at the Riverside walk and Library Car Park.

So this year it’s going to get feisty…..I am out to win!

Yes, I am going to enter into each of the 5 races to give myself 5 chances to get into the final race and take that cash prize…..!

So, join me over the coming weeks as training starts for real and I get into shape for the big day.

Now, where did I put that wet suit…..? Come on….its still a bit chilly out there you know!

Sam xx

Sam the Duck’s Diary – Wednesday 29th April

Well, what a week it’s been. I am one shattered Duck in need of a rest…..

You see Simonetta Cole wasn’t the only Storrington representative in London at The Marathon on Sunday.

What? You didn’t see me? How could you have missed me…..

Yes, I made it round the 26 mile course in a new P/B of 4hrs 27 mins and there are holes in my trainers and my poor little webbed feet are blistered and battered.

So, with only one week to go, its rest and recuperation for me in the last few days before the big day on Sunday 10th May.

But not all of us ducks are taking race day so seriously, I can tell you a few of our number are far more interested in the ice-cream sales at the school and unless they get a wiggle on they will be carrying a few extra pounds on the big day.

That is unless they get themselves to Nancy’s weigh in’s!

There’s still plenty of time to get in shape that’s what I keep telling them.

And far be it from me to tell you which of my number are in need of a few jogs and sit up’s…..I wouldn’t want to spoil my chances on race day….!

Right, where’s that pumice stone…..?

Original photo credit to Petr Brož

Sam the Duck’s Diary – Tuesday 14th April

So, the kids are back at school today and it was lovely this morning to hear all their noise and chatter about their Easter holidays, it sounds like they all had good rests and are ready for the summer term which see the pool being used once again.

And us ducks love it when the pool is being used….once school is closed for the day and everyone is tucked up in bed, we sneak out of the FOSS cupboard and have a splash and a paddle although some of our number use it as a chance to get some serious training for the big day, some ducks are so competitive!

Anyway, I don’t know about you but I am so pleased that the sun is now shining. It’s always a long winter for us Storrington Ducks shut up in the FOSS storage cupboard but now we are out, we have been sorted and we are all in serious training for the Duck Race from midday on 10th May.

I just wanted to say a few thanks to some of our sponsors this year, without them we wouldn’t be able to put the Duck Race on:

  • H D Tribe Funeral are sponsoring the 2nd place duck – a cash prize of £50! Many thanks to them
  • Thanks to Alan’s IT Solutions for hosting our website – couldn’t do it without you !
  • our compere extraordinaire Marcel Hoad of Fowlers Estate Agents is going to man the mike again this year! Thank you Marcel for your continued support
  • Miils & Co are sponsoring us, look out for their advert in our programme
  • Thanks to Flowerwise for sponsoring us this year
  • A Big Thank you to BITS n PC’s in Storrington for their sponsorship this year.
  • Welcome to Chain Telecom Group our first sponsor for 2015!

There is still time to get involved by advertising with us, taking a stand or just offering your time, do get in touch as every little really does help.

Also, we are now taking bookings for the car boot Sale which always accompanies this event. Sunday 10th May, 12 – 2.30pm. £8 per pitch.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in May….Sam

Duck Diary – Entry 1


My name is Sam the Storrington Duck and welcome to my diary.

I am in training for the Duck Race which starts at midday on 10th May.

I didn’t win a single heat last year but this year I want to take the top prize.

Over the next 7 weeks I will be sharing my adventures and updates as the big day gets closer and closer.

So, please share with me your training tips and I will let you know how I get on.

In the meantime, make sure the date is in your diary and if you are interested in a stall or car boot pitch then get in touch with Nancy at

And I look forward to sharing my adventures with you….

Keeeeeeeep reading!

Gatling Camel Saturday 10th May

Ahead of performing at the Duck Race, Gatling Camel are pleased to announce an exclusive gig at The Anchor on Saturday 10th May….show your support for two school Dads and their desire to rock….. 

GATLING CAMEL – Rapid Fire Rock, Blues, Reggae & Soul that won’t give you the hump

Gatling Camel combines the groove of classic soul with rythmn and blues (Redding rather than Rihanna) and the fire of rock from Cream to 90’s classics.

Duck Race Photography Competition

If you have ever been to the Duck Race, you will know how much fun it is for all the family.

To make the web site look great, we want to have lots of lovely photos from the day so we are running a competition.

Please share your photos from the day on the Storrington Duck Race Facebook page and we will pick the best photo.

The winner will receive a Duck Onesie just like the one you will see walking around on the day…..

Duck Onesie

Terms and Conditions

– Please only post your own images from the day

– DO NOT post images unless you have express permission from all those who are identifiable.

– Please note that, having posted an image, responsibility lies with you to ensure such permission has been secured

– The Storrington Duck Race Facebook Page is a public group and can be seen by all

– Nancy Squires and Julie Fourcade will select the winning image and the winner will be informed by 16th May, the prize will be ordered to size and may take a few weeks to arrive

– FOSS reserve the right to use the winning image in pr activities

– the judge’s decision is final and no communication will be entered into

It’s the first Duck Race for the new Head

I am excited to attend my first Duck Race in Storrington which I know is an key community event as well as the main fundraiser for our school swimming pool.

Our heated pool will open early May and be used by children right through until September both for fun after school sessions as well as swimming lessons both during and after school.   Swimming is an important life skill and I am delighted that we are able to offer this in school to our pupils – something that simply would not be possible without the help, support and tremendous amount of hard work put in by Friends of Storrington School (FOSS).

I do hope you and your family enjoy the day and will continue to support FOSS events and the community businesses that sponsor the Duck Race.

Marion Smith

Our ducks are in a row

Storrington Duck Race has evolved from just 200 ducks in a stream to an annual event which involves community and commercial stalls alongside funfair rides and a car boot sale.

The event is co-ordinated by the Friends of Storrington First School, a registered charity. and really grows each year. All profits made by the school go directly to promoting a rewarding environment for the pupils.

A team of Mums and dads also run side stalls such as Name a Duck, Hook a Duck and a BBQ with locally sourced Burgers and Sausages.

And of course, don’t forget the ducks. 2,000 ducks are sold at £1 each and our volunteers herd them down the stream in 5 races.The last race, a final is always exciting and cash prizes are rewarded.

This event would not happen without the support of the school, parent helpers and local businesses and organisations, all contributing to it’s success.

Let’s hope it continues for many more years to come.