Entries open for the 49th annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race

kna  The Greentech Gladiators team in the Knaresborough Bed Race 2013.  (130608M2o)
kna The Greentech Gladiators team in the Knaresborough Bed Race 2013. (130608M2o)
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Entries are now open for the 2014 Knaresborough Bed Race.

The annual event is set to be held on June 14 2014 and entry forms are now availible online.

Anyone who wants to take part in a gruelling 2.4 mile race pushing a bed including a quick dip in the River Nidd in front of crowds of thousands has until February 28 to assemble a team.

Event organisers, The Knaresborough Lions Club, have created a new website and application forms are availible at www.bedrace.co.uk.

This years event theme is ‘Children’s TV and Film Characters.

Gordon Renton, chairman of the Bed Race committee said: “That should leave plenty of scope for the wide imaginations of bed decorators. It all adds up to the wonderful spectable of the Bed Race.”

Good weather drew huge crowds to the event event last year and over £100,000 was raised for charity,

Mr Renton said: “Warm sunshine blessed the 2013 race and led to one of the most successful in terms of the number of spectators who came to the town and the funds raised by the teams, the Lions and other social groups for charity.

“It is estimated that over 30,000 people turned up to watch the event, which contributed £100,000 to good causes. We’re aiming to build on this in 2014.”

Last year Harrogate Harriers recaptured their title of fastest team which they had lost in 2012 to their long time Bed Race rivals, Ripon Runners.
The fastest team were the Harrogate Harriers who won in an eye-popping 13 minutes 10 seconds, nearly 50 seconds faster than team number two, Ripon Runners, who recorded 13 minutes 59 seconds.

Ripon Runners for girls won the female event in 16 minutes 13 seconds, repeating their success of 2012, coming in just ahead of HPL Flyers who clocked 16 minutes 19 seconds. The Ripon team came 16th overall and HPL were one place behind in 17th.

The fastest new team were Half Moon Knaresborough Striders in 16 minutes 54 seconds.

Most importantly the title of the Best Dressed Bed was awarded to the First Scriven Scouts whose bed was decorated with a giant dragon from George and the Dragon, in keeping with the Myths and Legends theme.

Lido Loonies came second and St John’s Juggernauts came third in what was considered to have been the best year for overall quality.

The Bed Race has been held annually in the town since 1966. and the Knaresborough Lions have been involved in the event since the 1990s.

throughout the race field. In interpreting the 2013 theme ‘Myths and Legends’, many teams used imagination and technical skill to come up with a spectacular array of designs.


Most Entertaining Team were Killer Queens Nipper Men.

Background

Held annually since 1966, Bed Race is part pageant, part gruelling time trial and is a volunteer event held to raise money for good causes. The field is of 90 teams of six runners and a passenger. Hundreds of people parade with the teams and 250 volunteers turn up on the day to provide marshalling, crowd control, safety and other services. The whole town of Knaresborough is galvanised.

Runners race with their beds along the scenic gorge in Knaresborough, up and down the steep cobbled streets of the ancient market town, and finish with a swim across the River Nidd.

The Knaresborough Lions have organised Bed Race since the 1990s and welcome volunteers from the wider community to help them stage the event. The club is part of Lions Clubs International, a volunteer organisation that exists in 180 countries across the world to aid community groups and individuals most in need. More information on Lions is available on www.lionsmd105.org/

“The cost of entry has been held at the same level of the past few years: £100 for adult teams and £60 for juniors,” commented Gordon Renton, chairman of the Bed Race committee.

“Warm sunshine blessed the 2013 race and led to one of the most successful in terms of the number of spectators who came to the town and the funds raised by the teams, the Lions and other social groups for charity. It is estimated that over 30,000 people turned up to watch the event, which contributed £100,000 to good causes.

“We’re aiming to build on this in 2014,” he added.

2013 Results