All the thrills as Whittlesey duck race beats Covid-19

Whittlesey duck race 2021 winners

Callum Osler (centre) claimed the winning time of the Whittlesey duck race 2021, followed by Phoebe Ockendon (left) and Matilda Tuson (right). - Credit: Fenland Youth Radio

With a touch of improvisation, the thrills of the annual mayor of Whittlesey’s duck race lived on for another year. 

The 10th annual event was held in a secret location this month for a second year in a row due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Usually, around 1,000 ducks would take to the Bower in front of hundreds of spectators lining the river, but instead, 23 were involved in the 2021 edition. 

Those taking part, like last year, had to guess the winning time of the first duck home as each entry battled their way along the 2x11 metre-length course. 

Despite thwarted attempts from makeshift obstacles, including a crocodile, Callum Osler won the race in a time of exactly two minutes. 

Whittlesey duck race 2021 winner

Callum Osler claimed the winning time in the Whittlesey duck race 2021 with exactly two minutes. - Credit: Fenland Youth Radio

Pheobe Ockendon and Matilda Tuson’s entries made up the top three in 3:20 and 3:30 respectively. 

A spokesperson for Fenland Youth Radio said: “We were delighted to step in and organise the event and hope the real event will take place next year.” 

Whittlesey duck race 2021 Pheobe Ockendon

Pheobe Ockendon won second place in the Whittlesey duck race 2021 with a time of three minutes and 20 seconds. - Credit: Fenland Youth Radio

Mayor of Whittlesey duck race 2021 Matilda Tuson

Matilda Tuson completed the top three in the Whittlesey duck race 2021 with a time of three minutes and 30 seconds. - Credit: Fenland Youth Radio


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