Duck Race
Middle Rasen Cricket and Association Football Club

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The Rase Duck Race

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The Middle Rasen Cricket and Association Football Club ~ Duck Race .

The New Year's Day event is a high spot in the Winter social calendar for the village and team supporters .

Middle Rasen Football and Cricket Club held its famous Duck Race on New Year's Day 2016, starting at 12 noon from Parry's Bridge on Low Church Road and finished when the last ducks passes under the bridge on Church Street next to Naylor's Drive.

Normally the run takes some 20 minutes, but, as expected, the river ran a little faster following rain during the previous day.

See 2016 results .................. And watch the whole event recorded on YouTube by Angela Mayne

This year we had an unusually large crowd before noon to see the start of the race. Fortunately David Pattison had some extra ducks available for anyone who needed to make a last minute purchase........ see 2016 photo report.

At the off (2016) the Rase went yellow with 1375 plastic ducks. Spectators and duck owners cut through the village, or followed the race along the banks of the Rase, to the next bridge at Naylors Drive. Andy Quinlan stood guard in the river to catch and identify the first three ducks to reach his bridge. One particular duck had made extrordinary progress at the front and was followed at some distance by the rest. Unfortunately the clear leader, having escaped all snags before him or her on its way down stream, was caught at the very last moment in the reads just before the finish. His plastic body then safely blocked the troublesome reads, and 328 "Nemo" followed by 1075 "Dan" and 189 "Comet", took the bigger money prizes.












How to Enter .... 2017 .... dont leave it until the day, buy your duck(s) early, please.

Sponsoring a yellow plastic duck which will be named by you and launched onto the River Rase costs just £1. You can pop your payment into the Crossroads Stores, at Middle Rasen Post Office before New Year's Day with your payment securely sealed in a strong envelope .... click to here to print an order and pay locally.

There is a £100 first prize and many other prizes for the runners up and, of course, for the last ducks. Its a fun event with a chance for every one to win something. .........

Remember ducks are on sale from Members of the Committee, At Crossroads Stores and also in the Nags Head . Why not come and support the club at the event and buy a duck with the chance to win £100, £50, £25, £10 x 3 or one of the many other Duck Draw prizes.

There are normally 6 to 8 business sponsors for the race each year and together they fund the prizes. Money paid for ducks goes to fund sporting events through our village Cricket Team during the year.

Current fund raising efforts are supporting the cricket teams, with the sunday side competing in the highest division of the Lincoln Cricket league, the only true village team competing at this level. Unfortunately we do not have a football team at the moment, but we hope that this will only be in the short term. 

After all expenses, the New Years Day event in 2016 raised in excess of £1150 to pay for the year's fees, team kit, ground maintenance and other associated expenses. Thank you everyone



Sponsor 1 Rasen Appliance Services & Rasen Bed Supplies
Unit 1
Dear Street Business Park,
Dear Street,
Market Rasen,
01673 843934

Sponsor 2

Nigel Appleyard

(Pressure Washing Services)
Hill Side Farm, Middle Rasen, Market Rasen, Lines LN8 3TU
Specialising in high pressure washing of Poultry Sheds
Tel: 01673 842536 Mobile : 07831 184255

Sponsor 3Park View Motors Market Rasen Ltd
Professional Garage Service Centre
MOT and Tyres.

Gallamore Lane , Market Rasen LN8 3HZ
01673 844068
Middle Rasen Workshop ~ 01673 844494

Sponsor 4
01673 843163

The Nags Head Public House
Jenny & Barry Reeves
Restaurant & Bar Meals
Gainsborough Road
Middle Rasen, LN8 3JU

Wednesdays speciality £6.95
Fresh Grimsby Fish, hand cut chips, with peas.

Sponsor 5

E-QUiP (Rasen) Ltd.

Sponsor 6Green Grass Contracting
If we can do the job, we will do it right!

We specialise in grass cutting of amenity grass, sports and recreational areas, school fields, racing circuits, business grounds and entrances, church yards, lawns, in fact any grass that needs cutting!

Office (click here for email contact)
Smith's Top Farm, Middle Rasen LN8 3LE
Tel :01673 845300 or 07811340978

Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate, Gallamore Lane, Market Rasen , Lincolnshire LN8 3HA

Workshop Supplies , Tools & Hydraulics
Oil, Paint & Safety Wear ,Electric Fencing & Supplies
Tel: 01673 261010 ~ Mob: 07714 293272

Sponsor 7 John Stead (Electrician) Mk Rasen

2A Kilnwell Rd, Mk Rasen LN8 3BJ 01673 844578

Sponsor 8 Available


Summer Duck Racing Evening  
The club regularly entertaines the village with an evening of duck racing on a Saturday during July at the Village Hall Playing Field. A six race card beginning at 5.00pm is enlivened by Honest Alan Pennell the on-course Bookmaker ~ BBQ and soft drinks also available.

Click here to see the previous event reports


In the Summer, the club hold a social event with bar and refreshments on the Middle Rasen Playing Fields. Normally there are a number of races in the river adjacent to the field. Unlike the NYDay event when you "own" a duck for the race, in summer its like a horse race where you back one or more of the ducks ! Assuming the river is safe, decoy ducks are launched along a stretch of the River Rase with those who backed the winning duck sharing the proceeds. This summers event will be on Sat evening during July.

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