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2019 Great Bungay Duck Races – Terms and Conditions

The organisers of this event are Trustees of the Falcon Meadow Community Trust (FMCT), assisted by volunteer supporters of the charity. All proceeds will contribute to repaying the loans that enabled FMCT to purchase Falcon Meadow on behalf of the local community.

The following terms and conditions will be applied to the duck race to be held on Sunday 14th July 2019.

1. The Great Bungay Duck Race:

1.1. This event is registered under the Gambling Act 2005 with Waveney District Council Reg No 15/086.

1.2. The race will start around 3pm with the release of a fleet of plastic ducks of the same make and size.

1.3. The race will take place on a section of the River Waveney alongside Falcon Meadow. 1.4. The start line will be above the Staithe weir, with the length being determined by the organisers to reflect the water conditions on the day of the race. Subject to conditions, the finish will be below the weir.

1.5. Each duck will be identifiable by a unique number marked on its base. This number will correspond to a printed raffle ticket, specifically printed for this year’s event.

1.6. Raffle tickets will cost £2 each and will be sold by organisers, volunteers at local retail outlets and community events in advance of the race, but no later than 2:30pm on the race day.

1.7. Each raffle ticket will correspond to one duck being entered by the organisers into the race on behalf of the purchaser. There is no requirement for entrants to attend the event for their duck to be entered.

1.8. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets an individual may buy.

1.9. Race marshals will be on hand to start the event and guide the ducks down the course. The marshals will endeavour to retrieve stuck and trapped ducks to enable them to continue to proceed down the course

1.10. Marshals will be on hand to identify and retrieve the first four ducks to touch the finish line in respective order. In the event of a close finish, the marshals’ decision is final.

1.11. The purchasers of the corresponding raffle tickets to the first four ducks will be deemed the respective prize winners.

1.12. Prizes will be allocated as follows:

  • 1st place – £250*
  • 2nd place – first choice of a range of prizes donated by local businesses
  • 3rd place – second choice of a range of prizes donated by local businesses
  • 4th and subsequent placings – as for 2nd and 3rd prize until all prizes have been allocated.

1.13. The race organisers reserve the right to cancel or abort the race due to a major incident or circumstance beyond the control of the organisers. In such a situation, the places and prize winners will subsequently be determined by a standard raffle draw using the original tickets sold. Details of the draw will be communicated on the FMCT website

1.14. The event is intended to be a light-hearted and entertaining community event. In this spirit, the race organisers reserve the right to offer bonus prizes (in addition to those listed in 1.12) on the day. The rules for bonus prizes will be determined by the organisers and/or prize donors and may not be publicised in advance.

  • The Business Duck Fancy Dress Competition:

3.1. Ducks can be purchased in advance at a cost of £50 each. The duck will then belong to the owner and can be re-entered into future business duck races at a reduced cost. This year the re-entry fee is £25.

3.2. Owners are encouraged to customise their ducks to a design or their choosing. However, as this is a family event, the race organisers reserve the right to impound any duck that is behaving inappropriately.

3.3. Ducks will take part in a photoshoot before the event. Photos will then be displayed on the FMCT website and may be used for media/marketing purposes.

3.4. Owners are responsible for ensuring their duck is delivered or collected by the race organisers by Friday 5th July 2019. Musker McIntyre’s Bungay branch (Earsham Street) have kindly agreed to act as a collection point for ducks dropped off with them during business hours in the weeks leading up to event. Where possible the organisers will otherwise endeavour to assist with the collection of ducks before the race day if you liaise with your FMCT contact.

3.5. The ducks will be judged by an impartial member of the Bungay community on race day. Prizes will be awarded to best dressed ducks in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. There will also be a public vote for ‘Bungay’s Favourite Business Duck’.

3.6. The event organisers reserve the right to cancel or abort the competition due to a major incident or circumstance beyond their control.

Please Note: The organisers have taken the difficult decision not to race the ducks on the water this year. This is due to increasing concerns that significant quantities of irretrievable plastic beads, glitter, paint, solvents, etc were ending up in the water and polluting the river.

  • The Puddleduck Fancy Dress Competition – Sponsored by Musker McIntyre Estate Agents 4.1. The Puddleduck event is for children and families only. We will not accept Puddleduck entries

that in anyway promote businesses, clubs or other organisations. The organisers reserve the

right to determine what constitutes inappropriate promotion.

4.2. Ducks can be purchased in advance at a cost of £3 each. The duck will then belong to the

owner. Only official FMCT ducks purchased this year may be entered into the fancy dress competition.

4.3. Owners are encouraged to customise their ducks to a design or their choosing. However, as this is a family event, the race organisers reserve the right to impound any duck that is behaving inappropriately.

4.4. We welcome participants recycling ducks from previous years. Recycled ducks must pay a £1 competition entry fee on the day.

4.5. Owners are responsible for ensuring their duck is presented to the race organisers before 1pm on the day with their name, phone number and age clearly marked on the base of the duck. Musker McIntyre’s Bungay branch (Earsham Street) have kindly agreed to act as a collection point for ducks dropped off with them during business hours in the weeks leading up to event.

4.6. The fancy dress competition will be judged soon after 1:30pm

4.7. By entering a duck, the owner consents to photos being taken which may be displayed on the FMCT website and used for media/marketing purposes.

4.8. You can enter ducks into either the children’s or adults’ competition. Children’s ducks will be judged by age group categories which are:

  • Age group 1-3
  • Age group 4-7
  • Age group 8-11
  • Age group 11+
  • Best family duck (for ducks decorated jointly by children and parents) Adult ducks will be judged in the following categories – but you do not need to specify which:
  • Best Dressed Duck
  • Most Topical Duck

There will also be a public vote for ‘Bungay’s Favourite Puddleduck’.

4.9. A trophy will be awarded to the winner of each category.

4.10. The race organisers reserve the right to cancel or abort the fancy dress competition due to a major incident or circumstances beyond their control

Please Note: The organisers have taken the difficult decision not to race the ducks on the water this year. This is due to increasing concerns that significant quantities of irretrievable plastic beads, glitter, paint, solvents, etc were ending up in the water and polluting the river.

Revised May 2019

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