Bed Race teams decided in draw

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  • 128 teams applied to take part
  • 90 teams selected by lottery draw

The 90 teams that are to take part in this year’s Great Knaresborough Bed Race have been selected by a lottery draw.

Although there was delight from those who were picked, there was disappointment from 38 teams who applied for the race this year but were not successful in the draw.

“The 90 teams came from 128 to have entered this year,” said Bed Race chairman Martin Brock.

“This means 38 have been disappointed. Last year there were 53 who didn’t get through the draw and the year before there were 33.

“We are sorry that this has to happen, but the fact is we have a maximum of 90 for the race field because of restrictions on space at the start and finish line.”

Knaresborough Lions, the organisers of Bed Race, give guaranteed places to the previous year’s winners, to groups lending help to the organisers and to event sponsors.

“We have 14 sponsors this year,” added Martin Brock.

“Given that the cost of mounting the Bed Race has risen to over £20,000, the event just simply wouldn’t happen without this sponsorship. We are very grateful for their support.

“Expenses have rocketed over the past 10 years due to legislative changes and the way that things have to be done. Also, in 2008, the police said they could no longer provide the free traffic management services as they once did. So we have to pay a traffic management company, as well as fund the hiring of crowd barriers, signage and safety equipment. Other costs include the printing of the Programme, Public Liability Insurance, street cleaning, first aid provision, catering and licensing.”

The draw was made on March 11 at Knaresborough Working Men’s Club. All entrants were invited to attend and many of those present drew the lots.

This year’s race on Saturday, June 13, will be the 50th in an unbroken tradition going back to 1966. It raises money for charity and good causes.

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Teams picked for the 2015 Bed Race:

Scotton Scorchers

Fishers Till We Die

Harrogate Round Table

Knaresborough Striders Men

Nidd Valley Road Runners Men

Killer Queens Nippers Men

Tomrods Men of Steel

Piccadilly Men

Piccadilly Fillies

Arrow Self Drive

Commercial Estates Group

Team CNG

Flying Mechanics – HACS 2

The Mighty Claro

Stephenson’s Rockets

The HACS Cultured Construction Workers

Manning Stainton

Flying Pullman

Green-tech Gladiators

Taylors of Harrogate

Blue Bullet Flyer

G H Brooks Team 1

G H Brooks Team 2

Nuffield Health

Bebra Oldies

M H S Army

Ripon Runners Girls

Harrogate Harriers

The Minions

Armed Forces Fitness Harrogate

1st Scriven Scouts

Churches Together Ladies Team

Wacky Racers

Knaresborough Rugby Club

Meadowside Malingerers

Meadowside Maidens

Bobby Dazzlers

The Young Ones

Planet Steel

Harrogate Rugby Racers

Welly Wheelers

St John’s Juggernauts

Nidd Valley Road Runners Ladies

Team Red Beer

Welly Wheelettes

Turner’s Tearaways

Harrogate Young Life Juniors

Humberston North Sea Lions Club

Over the Rainbows

Castle Clinic

Piccadilly Plodders

Oatlands Infant School Ladies

Globe Street Trotters

Knaresborough Town Football Club

Free Style Kinetics – the J P Project

Knaresborough Pool

The Golden Girls

Welly Wheeners

The Golden Oldies

1st Knaresborough Scouts

Harrogate Racers for Marsland Timber

Vida Leaders

Happy Feet

St John’s PTA ‘a’ Team

The Half Moon

The Dazzling Bobbies

St Michaels Hospice Staff

Guardian Alarms

Wyrill’s Whirlwind

The ABC Team


The Bed Vroom Bombers

AFF Stray Birds

Manchester Boys

Knaresborough Silver Band

Lexy’s Midnight Runners

Squashed Hearts

Ripon Runners Men

Aspin School Avengers

Tewit School Band

Jigsaw Joinery

Harrogate Tri Club

Savaged by a Bed Sheep

So Sozzled Crew

Raworths Runners

The Flying Fish

The Swiss Roll

The Bed Hot Chilli Peppers

The Rocket Men

Scrummy Mummies