New date for the duck race

Last year's race begins
Last year's race begins

The ninth annual Thame Duck Race is back on the calendar.

After a few weeks of weather that was too wet even for the ducks, the postponed event has been put back on the agenda for July 15 to start at 11am.

Originally scheduled for last weekend, heavy rainfall meant the meadows around the route had flooded and the water levels were unpredictable. That meant there could have been safety issues for people who were following the race.

The plan this year is to release 2,500 toy ducks into the River Thame from the bridge on the old Long Crendon Road, in dramatic style.

They will then race down the quarter mile course to the finishing post. There will be prizes for the first three ducks to finish.

The cost to sponsor a duck is £2 and the proceeds will be donated to nearby charities and worthy causes.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Thame Citizens Advice Bureau and through various organisations and youth sports clubs in the town.

Iain Biddle, chairman of Thame and District Round Table which is running the event, said: “The duck race is very much family orientated event and it’s great to see so many people enjoying the occasion.

“Many people know about us through the annual Santa sleigh, but there is much more to the Round Table and we would like people to come and find out.”

For more information visit the Round Table Facebook page at or visit the group’s website at

The National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Ireland most commonly known as ‘Round Table’ was founded in 1927 in Norwich and is an organisation for men aged between 18-45. Round Table has clubs in almost every town and city in Britain.

Members of Round Table raise around £4 million each year for a variety of national and local charities.