Previous Years Races

The 2023 Race

Sunday 9th July

lucky winners were:

Lord Mayors Lucky Dip

09359  09965  03702  09502  03371  04657

Race winners

1st      2nd      3rd       4th       5th

04566   04578  04833   09181  04092


The  2022 Race

The Winning ducks were:

1st:    6370    Raslin

2nd:    4320    R Bennington

3rd:    6950    P Banyard

4th:    2772    R Habbits

5th:    2039    R Bargewell

The Lord Mayors Lucky Dips 

4955    G Doyle

3550    Tyrell

8646    S Haslam

Winners received their prizes from the Lord Mayor of Norwich at a special reception 

on Tuesday 12th July 2022 



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2019 Race~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

7th July 2019

Winners – 2019 Great Norwich Duck Race

1st Prize - £1,000.        Ticket No. 2568,        Trevor Watts, Swafield St, Norwich, NR5
(Ticket sold by Bowthorpe Scouts)

2nd Prize - £500.          Ticket No. 10517                   J Sewards, Yaxham Waters, Dereham.
(Ticket sold by 1st Norwich Scouts)

3rd Prize - £250.          Ticket No. 10206       Charlie Smith, Trafford Rd., Norwich, NR1
(Ticket sold by 1st Norwich Beaver)

4th Prize - £150.          Ticket No. 11391       Vedhika, West Bank, Norwich. NR1
(Ticket sold at Chaplefield Gardens)

5th Prize -£50. Ticket No. 9309         Zachary Green, Porter Rd., Long Stratton, NR15
(Ticket sold by Long Stratton Scouts)

Lord Mayor’s Lucky Dip.

Vouchers from Gravity – Ticket No. 11911, B Smith, Aylsham, NR11
(Ticket sold on line)

Guest Tickets, Hollywood Bowl, Ticket No. 0402, F James, Wroxham,
(Ticket sold by Hoveton & Wroxham Scouts

Guest Tickets, Odeon Cinema, Ticket No 9509, Jason Brighton,
(Ticket sold by Mulbarton Scouts)

Meal voucher, TGI Fridays, Ticket No 2652, Margaret Gibbs, Mill Croft Close, NR5
(Ticket sold by Bowthorpe Scouts)

Meal Voucher with wine, Queen of Iceni, Ticket No 7625, Dave Cooper, Sculthorpe.
(Ticket sold by Mattishalll Scouts)

This Year Bigger & Better than Ever

  From 12.00 Midday in the Plaza

Scout Activities to try for free

Taverham Brass Band


Broadbeat Choir 




Coming soon to a race near you !

  Ducky Knits

~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2018 Race ~~~~~~~~~~~

Great Norwich Duck Race
July 8th, 2018.

Lord Mayors Lucky Dip & Sheriffs Selection prizes from our sponsors >>>
These will be Ducks drawn from the "flock" at random before the race
PS. They still go in the race too!
Then there are
The Trophy Ducks for 2018
The first 3 winners
will receive their cash prize
a Gold, Silver or Bronze Duck
and an extra prize at the end too!
so don't miss out .......
May we sell you a Duck ?
So Another Sunny Day in Norwich
saw the Ducks off to a Flying Start!
After a nail biting 13 mins the winners had reached the finish line!
Thanks go to all those who helped at the Race,
The Broad Beat choir,
and to those who sponsored the Lucky Dip Prizes
A big thank you to the Queen of Iceni for the use of their premises once again
and their helpful staff.

1st Prize £500 – Ticket No.0143
Beth Saunders, Reading, Berks. RG2. (Sold by 33rd Norwich)

2nd Prize £250 – Ticket No. 5597
Kate Dulieu. Acle. NR13 (sold by Acle scouts)

3rd Prize £125 -Ticket No. 0290
V. Levell, Cambridge, CB1 (sold by 33rd Norwich)

4th Prize £75 – Ticket No. 0100
Rachel, Norwich, NR2  (sold by 33rd Norwich)

5th Prize, £50 – Ticket No. 1578
Chris Walsgrove, Hainford, NR10 (sold by WSJ 2019)

Prizes in the Lord Mayor’s Lucky Dip.

£100 voucher from Gravity, Riverside, Norwich. – Ticket No. 2214
Martin Murden, Eaton NR4 (sold in Waitrose, Eaton)
Voucher for 4 games at Hollywood Bowl – Ticket No. 8142
Jennifer Woods, Norwich, NR1. (sold on race day)
£30 Meal voucher from TGI Fridays – Ticket No 6397
Terry Smith, Freethorpe, NR13 (sold by 1st Norwich)
Meal + Wine for 2 from Queen of Iceni – Ticket No 0184
Lewis Doherty-Hill , Norwich, NR3 (sold by 33rd Norwich)
Meal for Two from Nando’s, Riverside – Ticket No. 2081
Bex Vance, Ipswich, IP4, -  (sold by WSJ 2019)

Two further Prizes donated  by Odeon Cinema & Queen of Iceni will be awarded to the people who the organisers feel have gone the  extra mile to support the 2018 Race


~~~~~~~~~ 2017 Race ~~~~~~~~~
What a fantastic day.

The Lord Mayor & Sheriff
expertly drew the Lucky Dip Ducks

then guided the great splash down for the race.
The Ducks as ever were completely unpredictable

first spreading out into a colourful circle

then defying the river current

the wind pushed them upstream

finally reaching the finish-line after 15minutes

of nail biting torment!

Last Years (2017) Winners were:
1st - £500    - 4258 - Jamie Burgess, Bradwell.
2nd - £250 - 4148 - Dawn Shudsford, Taverham
3rd - £125 - 4502 -                      c/o Sara Cordy
4th -  £75  -  5835 - Emily Grogutt, Sprowston
5th - £50  -   3340 - Alex Jefferies, Sprowston

1175 - Wetherspoons Steak Meal, Arom Armes
2113 - Hollywood Bowl,         Karen Ditchfield
2419 - Gravity,                                   J Freeman
5723 - Odeon,                              Colin Stafford
0733 - Nando's,                              Maria Tarles
5926 - Wetherspoons Bottle of Wine, MK Blackmore

The Broadbeat Choir will be sang for us before the race

TOO !!

~~~~~~~~2016 Race~~~~~~~

A Big Thank you to the

Lord Mayor & Sheriff of Norwich

Who started the race on

Sunday 3rd July 2pm 2016

  Jane Stafford organizer pictured with 
Lord Mayor Marion Maxwell & Sheriff Richard Marks

The Winning Numbers

 Lucky Dip
Race winners

Thanks also go to all those who supported the event

and worked to make it a success.


~~~~~~~~2015 Race~~~~~~~

The 2015 race was unique .....

The Lord Mayor Brenda Arthur, and Sheriff Beryl Blower drew Lucky Dip Ducks before the race then after the, countdown heaved ALL the ducks into the river, then the fun began ...

The tide should have turned at around 4pm but the heavy rain made it later and that combined with the wind mean't the ducks went in the opposite direction and then just to tantalise the racegoers they changed their minds for a few minutes before a gust blew them on upriver, then a few broke away and made for the finishing line.

Then owing to time constraints the finish was moved towards the ducks and 5 winners were collected much to the relief of the hardworking Duck Race Team then a Little Lost Duck was selected at random from the back of the race.

The Lord Mayors Lucky Dip winners were:-

 3169 Astra Meal for 2 at Wetherspoons

1770 Seagrove/Chilvers Hollywood Bowl

2714 Meal at Nandos

2377 J Carter Odeon tickets

The Race winners were:-

0811 Oliver Ward £500

3053 Andrew Stone £250

0032 K Glanville £125

4480 Amanda £75

4359 Abbey Murray £50

The Little Lost Duck was:-

2618 Debra Fat Cat Brewery Tour & Tasting



see list on the right




for their support


~~~~~~~~2014 Race~~~~~~~

What an amazing day it turned out
Early showers then persistent rain
But nothing dampens the spirit of Norwich's
Quacking Duck Racers!
The ducks were launched by
Lord Mayor Judith Lubbock and
Sheriff William Armstrong
They made their way down river to the finish line
where the winning 5 ducks were collected
The Lord Mayor announced the winners from the bridge

Golden Duck £500
1st 3279 J Drewery
Silver Duck £250
2nd 3480 J Johnson
Bronze Duck £125
3rd 4792  D Draper
4th 0070   C Kinsley
5th 2624 A Starling 

Click the picture below for EDP gallery

Get your Duck like this proud Mum!
He'll sell you one too
if you like!
Keep up with the Race Gossip 

We look forward to seeing you this year at

The Julian Bridge & Queen of Iceni
We are proud to welcome 

who will be bringing their fantastic children's orchestra
to the race
to make the day go with a swing

Too late for 2013
July 6th
Great Norwich Duck Race 2014
Bookmark this site now

~~~~~~~~2013 Race~~~~~~~

Julian Bridge, Riverside

Last year was a great race 

Click the picture for more

The Lord Mayor presented prizes to the Duck Race winners

and to the Beaver, Cub and Scouts who helped

5000 Ducks splashed into the water

and raised an amazing sum

towards scouting activities in Norwich

2013's race was the best yet

More Ducks, More Duck Racers & More Sunshine

Sorry that you could not all hear the results

(Next year we will have a sign board up with the results on hows that for progress!)

so here they are:

1st Prize £500 goes to Dean Cook of Norwich, Duck 2521 

2nd Prize £150  to Tanya Donnachie of Norwich, Duck 982

3rd Prize £100 to Gary Blazer of Bergh Apton, Duck 1625

4th Prize £50 to Adam Gilbertson of Norwich, Duck 5313

We thank the Lord Mayor

for his support in starting the race.

See you all in July 2014

Look who was in the parade too:

Who sold you a duck ?

 Selling Ducks at Sainsburys
Ducks at B&Q
Here a quack, There a quack, everywhere a quack quack!


The Great Norwich Duck Ride 2013


Two intrepid scout leaders from Norfolk Mathew Burrell & James South

travelled from Koblenz to Norwich

on a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for scouting

They will arrived back in Norwich on 7th July in time for

The Great Norwich Duck Race

Adults raise the pounds so that the kids can spend a penny.

21 June 2013: Two adult Scouting volunteers are preparing for an epic cycle ride from Germany back to Norwich to raise money for new toilet facilities at an Old Lakenham camping ground.
The pair, Matthew Burrell (32) and James South (29) both from Norwich will be starting the approximate 360 miles home from Koblenz on Tuesday 2 July.
They will travel via Hohenlimberg where local Scouts are linked with the 1st Norwich Sea Scouts who are based in Old Lakenham.
The new camping ground just off Cooper’s lane in Old Lakenham provides Scouting’s young members with a place to camp and take part in outdoor adventures including water activities using the river access.
“While the site is fantastic at moment, the addition of some toilets and basic washing facilities will mean that more young people can enjoy the great outdoors” Matthew explained.
The finish line of the ride will be the starting line of another Scouting fundraiser the Great Norwich Duck Race, which takes place a 14:00 on Sunday 7 July at Riverside and is part of the Lord Mayor’s celebrations.
The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Keith Driver has provided letters for the Burgermeisters of both Koblenz and Hohenlimburg that will be presented while the cyclists are en-route.
Sponsorship helped them raise around £2000 for scouting in Norwich


Ducks will be cycling from

Norwich's Twin City of Koblenz in Germany

Mathew Burrell former District Commissioner for Scouts
in Southern Norwich is taking on this challenge 
in support of scouting and in particular

The route to be taken from Germany:
Koblenz D
Hohenlimburg D
Venlo NL
Hoek Van Holland NL
Harwich GB
Norwich GB  
arriving back in time for the race on 7th July


Some ducks are planing a trip to Norwich Connecticut USA

The race there is on The Yantic River on Saturday May 11th

The eggs were laid in the spring

Now they are all hatched and quacking away

 Local ducks have been enlisted to help with training

The "Maulin' Mallard" from Hardwick Airfield, Norfolk
has come out of retirement
and is helping to train the ducks 

 So don't miss this years Duck Race it's going to be a 'quacker!'



Well 2013 has arrived and so have plans for racing

The race is on Sunday 7th July from the Lady Julian Bridge Riverside.


This year we hope to enter some ducks in a sister race in the USA

Norwich Sunrise Rotary Club in Connecticut


Their Duck race is on 11th May so keep watching this site for more info'

You can see pictures of their Ducks here:


~~~~~~~~2012 Race~~~~~~~


Great Norwich Duck Race July 8th 2012

 Olympia Duck led the sales drive in this 
Olympic Year

This Summer at the end of
The Lord Mayors celebration week
Thousands of little Ducks
will be launched from
The Julian Bridge, Riverside
then approx' 20 minutes later
the winning Ducks will be
plucked from the river.
You can view the race whilst relaxing with a cool drink on the terrace at
The Queen of The Iceni
 We are sorry that we have no band playing this year
If any racegoers know of a
The winners will have their prizes presented
by the Lord Mayor at City Hall.

It will be a quacking good day
don't miss it! 

At 3.00pm The Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich started the Duck Race
After a tense few days with the wind in the wrong direction
Race day was kind with a Sou'westerly that blew 3,500 ducks down river.

The winners are as follows
1st Mr Albury
2nd Mr P Roberts
3rd Craig Higgins
4th Darren Johnson
They will be contacted and prizes will be presented at City Hall
with the winners of the Lord Mayors Procession Floats.
A big thankyou to all who got a duck and took part
You have helped scouting in Norwich
and 1st Norwich Sea Scouts complete their new HQs building

~~~~~~~~2011 Race~~~~~~~

Great Norwich Duck Race 2011

The Lord Mayor and Sheriff
launched the Ducks a little after the scheduled start at 13.20, due to a boat movement,
 and after a nail biting race 
the four winning Little Ducks were
plucked from the river along with the winning Big Duck 
We were entertained excellently by the
The Hellesdon & Sprowston Brass Band
who played throughout the event on the terrace at
The Queen of The Iceni
The winners had their prizes presented
by the Lord Mayor at City Hall.
Corporate Duckrace
Winner: Green Cuisine
The prize is going to their East African Charity
Little Duck Race
£200 P Sparrow
£150 M Sayer
£100 D Simnor
£50 G Russell
It was a quacking good event