AN INTERNATIONAL duck race took place in Chirk for the second time.

The event welcomed more than 100 people to the World Heritage Site on Sunday, October 7 to watch as the ducks raced across the 70-foot-high aqueduct.

It was the second time the event has taken place on the Chirk aqueduct, after its debut last year.

More than 100 people came along to watch the event, as the ducks set off in Wales and crossed the line in England.

Ani Sutton, development and engagement manager at the Canal and River Trust, said: “The idea behind the race is to just introduce more people to the world heritage site here.

“Lots of people don’t realise how close they are to the site – we have 11 miles of this beautiful canal, so we like to organise this very light-hearted activity where we have ducks racing across the border from Wales to England.

“We aim to get people to come down and have a look what it’s all about and get some exercise too – life’s better by the water.”

Last year the event attracted more than 150 people, and Ani is hoping that this year it is able to do the same.

Ani said: “We’re not sure of the exact figure for today but anything around the number of people we had last year is great.”

Those who picked the ducks that came first and second were awarded prizes including a family ticket to Chirk Castle.

Donations from the day are shared between the two chosen charities – the Canal and River Trust and Nightingale House Hospice.