If you’re feeling like a lucky duck this weekend there’s still time to enter the annual Holmfirth Duck Race.

The event, now run by Huddersfield & District Round Table, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of helping charities and good causes around Huddersfield and Holmfirth.

Buy a duck for just £2 and there’s a chance to win over £3,000 in prizemoney if your lucky ducky is one of the first 40 over the finish line.

The winning duck receives £1,000 with £500 for second, £250 for third followed by another 37 prizes of £40.

The event is held on Sunday July 7 and here’s what’s happening and when:


Gala opens on the Sands Recreational Field


Ducks are launched from the bridge in the centre of Holmfirth


The winning ducks will cross the finish line


Gala closes on the Sands


Images by: Huddersfield Hub photographer SEAN DOYLE


The Duck Race, started by Pendragon Round Table, has benefited thousands of people through the profits raised.

Four decades later the ethos is exactly the same – fun, charity, happiness, family-friendly, and a desire to improve the whole community.

The list of individuals and groups who have financially benefited is huge but here are some over the years:

Holmfirth Skatepark in memory of Isaac Atkinson; Marsden Football Club; Linthwaite Junior Cricket Club; Southgate School where the donation helped fund the pupils reach their true outdoor potential on their Hadrian’s Wall expedition; Children’s Play Train and Bench at Greenhead Park; Pride in Linthwaite, Holmpride; Golcar Church; and defibrillators at Longwood Bowling Club, Golcar United, Walkers Arms pub, Golcar Cricket Club and Salendine Nook Shopping Centre.





Going back to 1992, Round Table purchased a minibus for the special unit for vulnerable children at St Luke’s Hospital and over the years helped contribute to home adaptations for children with disabilities.

A Round Table spokesman said: “We would not be able to make all these amazing contributions without the support of the people of Huddersfield and Holmfirth at our two fundraising events of the fireworks and bonfire near Crosland Moor in November and this weekend’s Holmfirth Duck Race.

“Good luck and thank you for supporting the quacktastic world famous Holmfirth Duck Race.”

You can buy a duck online HERE or buy from the sellers in Holmfirth on the day.


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