HUGE crowds turned out to watch a very unusual race at the weekend - one hotly contested between thousands of yellow plastic ducks!
The 15th annual Duck Chase event took place on Sunday on the park lake off Park Road, Runcorn, complete with sideshows and children's entertainment. Overall winner of the race was Wayne Trafford, a technology teacher at The Heath School, Runcorn, while second prize went to Mrs J Jones and third to Mrs F Fletcher.
Organised by 4th Runcorn Scouts and Runcorn Round Table, the day was a particularly important one for the borough's charities and organisations, including the RSPCA, 1st and 3rd Runcorn Boys' Brigade, The Zippa Club, Halton Liberal Democrats Ladies group, Parkinson Support Group, 5th Runcorn Guides, JFC Pavilion football team, Halton Friends of Guide Dogs, Let's Go stroke club and Camp Project Wales.
Brian Lunt, chairman of 4th Runcorn Scouts, said: 'The event is largely based around charities, and giving them an opportunity to have a stall to raise awareness or raise money, and we don't charge them to do that.
'It's something that is even more important to local organisations this year because of the cancellation of the Halton Show - which might be why we were so busy.'
Entertainment during the day was also provided by the Runcorn Premier Majorettes troupe and The Heath school dancers which both put on fantastic displays.
He said the event had been memorable for all who attended.
'We had 3,500 plastic yellow ducks in the race - and the winning one just seemed to shoot away from the pack and come first - it was quite strange.
'This is the 15th year we've held this event, a lot of work goes into organising it but luckily, as we've been doing it for so long, we've got a well oiled order of ceremony, so it went very smoothly - and it's always well worth it in the end.'