News article created on 26 September 2019

We're going quackers - third international duck race over Chirk Aqueduct

Working in partnership with Wrexham County Council, we're hosting the third international, cross-border duck race over Chirk Aqueduct on Sunday 29 September.

Duck race at Chirk Aqueduct Duck race at Chirk Aqueduct

How to take part

Competitors don't need to register in advance but simply arrive at Chirk Basin, near Wrexham, on the day of the race from 10.30am and register their name against a duck number.

Chirk’s stunning 70 feet high aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford more than 200 years ago, marks the boundary between England and Wales and is part of the Trust’s impressive 11-mile Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site.

The event is free, but competitors will be invited to make a donation to the Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales.

Ani Sutton, community engagement manager, said: “This is a fantastic event for the whole family to come and take part in. Last year we had an amazing amount of people taking part and I’m hoping this year will be the best one yet."

“Research shows that being by water makes you happier and healthier and with the Llangollen Canal celebrating ten years since it became a World Heritage Site, now is a great time to visit and see how wonderful our canals are.”

Chirk local councillor, Terry Evans says “I’m delighted that this is becoming a very popular, fun annual event that promotes a different part of the World Heritage Site and brings people into Chirk.”