Letter: Knaresborough Bed Race

TEams crossing the river Nidd in the annual  Knaresborough bed race.

TEams crossing the river Nidd in the annual Knaresborough bed race.

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A really great day

Well done to the Lions for organising yet another Great Knaresborough Bed Race. Huge numbers of spectators, helped by good weather, filled the entire town to enjoy what many believe has become Knaresborough’s biggest attraction.

It wasn’t so many years ago the Great Knaresborough Bed Race struggled to attract 30 bed entries. The Knaresborough Lions have gone to great lengths to make this event arguably the most popular attraction on Knaresborough’s annual calendar. And over the last few years the Great Knaresborough Bed Race has gone from strength to strength, now attracting in excess of 100 bed entries and circa 30,000 spectators on the day. In two years’ time the event will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Long may this continue!

This year’s performance from the Harrogate Harriers team was unbelievable; I understand they managed the fastest time ever recorded, finishing in just over 13 minutes.  The video of the race on their website is well worth watching. It will be exciting watching the front runners battle it out for first place again in 2014.

The teams put in so much effort decorating the beds, putting on a spectacular show at the Castle Grounds.

For many this is as important, if not more so than the race itself. So many well decorated beds that must take hours of time to design and build. I would imagine selecting the winners becomes more difficult each year. That said the 1st Scriven Scouts bed was a worthy first prize winner. As well as entertaining thousands of spectators, benefitting local businesses, the Great Knaresborough Bed Race provides a platform for the teams and Lions to raise tens of thousands in charitable donations for numerous worthwhile causes. The Piccadilly Plodders hope to raise well in excess of £4,000.00 for Candlelighters and Diabetes UK through there 2013 fundraising efforts.

As a sponsor I would like to say a big thank you to the Lions, StrayFM, the other sponsors, the runners and all the volunteers for making Bed Race day the biggest day on the Knaresborough calendar. Long may it continue!

Simon Watts

Piccadilly Motors,

Knaresborough