Jamie Andrew launches Duck Race

Annual charity chase gets under way in Bonnyrigg

The 14th annual Bonnyrigg Midwinter Duck Race has proved a great success. Parents and children braved the inclement weather to cheer on their heroes, as they battled 150 metres down Pittendreich Burn.

Our picture shows Jamie Andrew, world-renowned mountaineer and author of Life and Limb, blowing a vuvuzela to start the race last Sunday, while the brave ducks are helped on their way by the event organiser Bill Macdonald.

Greenbelt was happy to help again this year, making sure that the area was pristine and race-ready for the top athletes of the duck world.

We were also delighted to offer sponsorship and to supply Hi-Vis Greenbelt vests for helpers and marshals, with members of the Greenbelt team sponsoring their very own racing ducks.

With more than 600 of the little yellow numbered plastic ducks taking part, a grand total of £1,9924.22 was raised by the event. This will be shared evenly by Children 1st. ( and the Edinburgh and Lothian’s Family Support Group of the Scottish Huntington's Association (, the parent organisation of the local group).

Bill Macdonald was absolutely delighted with the turnout and told Greenbelt: “I started organising the event as I have a friend with advanced Huntington's. His wife is the Treasurer of the local Family Support Group and asked me to run the event as I am a duck racing enthusiast.

“This was the 14th annual event and the second highest total in the history of the event.

“The highest was in 2012 when we had Sarah Winckless, chair of the Athlete' s Commission of the British Olympic Association starting the race and we raised £2006 that year.

Our hearty congratulations to Jamie, Bill and all of the local people who helped to support the event and raise funds for such worthy causes.

If you’d like to see the highlights of the race, it's available on You Tube: