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

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

Sunday, 9th June 2019, 9:55 am
Teams in the river

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.

A team exits the river
Flying Pullman, the fastest mixed team
A bed crosses the Nidd
Ripon Runners took home the ladies' trophy
Teams struggled with water levels higher than normal
The Half Moon team leave the river
Since the Knaresborough Bed Race began in 1966, other bed races have taken off all over the world in aid of charity
A team adhere to the Yorkshire theme by wearing flat caps
Race winners G H Brooks
Teams were closely supervised while in the swollen Nidd
Teams queue to cross the Nidd
A team struggle to keep their bed upright
Another bed nearly overturns in heavy rain
Teams leave the water for the final stretch
Teams try to keep their beds afloat in the Nidd
Safety marshals in kayaks kept a close eye on teams
Pannal Primary School
The Fountains Abbey team
This year's theme was 'Yorkshire'
Teams cross the Nidd
Teams perform in the pre-race procession