Test the Water - DuckRace

After thorough testing it's been confirmed that racing conditions for this year’s Duck Race are ideal.

By Lee Isherwood | 27 March 2013

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Spinningfields ‘tests the water’ in run up to Manchester Duck Race

After a thorough testing procedure from the Spinningfields team, it has been confirmed that racing conditions for this year’s Manchester Duck Race are set to be ideal.




With Terrence the Test Duck hitting the water on Monday, a North Easterly wind pushed the little fella down the River Irwell at a rapid pace, with a third of the distance covered in just less than three minutes.

With tens of thousands of people expected to line the river banks to watch the race this Friday, March 29th at 2pm, the advice from the team is to get down early and choose your spot to watch our feathered friends sail away. Entertainment on the day starts from 11am.

The race isn’t just about speed, it’s about style. Manchester’s business community has once again come together to help raise money for the race’s chosen charity Brainwave, by buying corporate ducks for £200 and decorating them before watching them compete to be first past the finish line.

In years gone by, there has been a theme for which businesses must adhere to when dressing their ducks. This year, the only rule is ‘there are no rules*’ and this has led to a number of companies happy to ruffle a few feathers with their decorations.

From C>Ways version of Felix Baumduckner, to Aedas Architects ‘is it a duck or is it a horse’, it appears ‘current’ affairs really are the order of the day for businesses this year.