25,000 visit 46th annual Bed Race

The Ice Maidens, all aged 13, from King James's School who won the fastest female junior team. (s)
The Ice Maidens, all aged 13, from King James's School who won the fastest female junior team. (s)

CROWDS estimated at 25,000 people visited Knaresborough last Saturday for the 46th annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race in yet another hugely successful event.

The weather stayed fine, the decorated beds on the theme of ‘British History’ were innovative, creative, colourful and highly entertaining and the race itself saw all the teams complete the gruelling course and successfully negotiate the river crossing.

Organisers, Knaresborough Lions were delighted with the day, which was trouble-free, and enjoyed by the masses of spectators. Pubs, cafes and restaurants did a roaring trade and by Sunday morning, the street cleaning team from Harrogate Borough Council and volunteer helpers ensured the town was completely litter-free again.

Many people took advantage of the large projection screen installed at Conyngham Hall fields which showed all the action of the parade, the race and the river crossing.

Fastest team home this year were Harrogate Harriers, who missed the original draw but later won a cancellation place, and completed the course in 14 minutes 24 seconds, whilst the fastest female team were the HPL Flyers Time in 15 minutes, 56 seconds. The fastest mixed team was Logic Fire & Security in 20.18; fastest junior male: The Piccadilly Mens,17.15; fastest junior female: Ice Maidens, 22.20 and fastest new team: Belzona Bullets 16.15.

The best dressed bed went to the Lido Loonies with Captain Cook and the Endeavour whilst the most entertaining team was Proctor & Gamble 1 as Morris Dancers.

The Sandra Bradley Trophy for Most Money Raised for Charity and Piccadilly Trophy for Best Sponsored Non-corporate Team were won won by St John Juggernauts for raising £7,000 in 2009 and the Brian Hiscoe Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Bed Race went to Alan Walgate, an organiser of Bed Race since the 1990ss and the event’s Chief Safety Officer who oversees all health and safety issues and risk assessments.

* See this Friday’s Harrogate Advertiser and Knaresborough Post for more pictures from the event - out on June 17. Click on Photos Today on this website to view and order your photos.

* See the Knaresborough Lions website for full results and timings.