Teams in the river

Knaresborough Bed Race 2019: 22 photos of Yorkshire's quirkiest race

Ninety teams took part in a rainy Knaresborough Bed Race yesterday.

The annual race through the town's streets - which culminates in a crossing of the River Nidd - has been held since 1966 and is organised by Knaresborough Lions. Each team consists of six runners, a passenger aged under 11 and a bed, which must be decorated in accordance with the race theme. The winners were GH Brooks with a time of 13:40:9, followed by Knaresborough Striders Men in 14:38 and Ripon Runners Men in 15:02:9. The fastest female team was Ripon Runners. The fastest mixed team was Flying Pullman and the Best Dressed Bed award went to Richard Taylor Runners. Although water levels in the Nidd were higher than normal due to the wet weather, the crossing went ahead under the close supervision of safety marshals.

Teams struggled with water levels higher than normal

5. River crossing

Teams struggled with water levels higher than normal
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The Half Moon team leave the river

6. Up the bank

The Half Moon team leave the river
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Since the Knaresborough Bed Race began in 1966, other bed races have taken off all over the world in aid of charity

7. World first

Since the Knaresborough Bed Race began in 1966, other bed races have taken off all over the world in aid of charity
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A team adhere to the Yorkshire theme by wearing flat caps

8. Flat caps

A team adhere to the Yorkshire theme by wearing flat caps
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