Bed Race teams picked

kna  Teams cross the River Nidd near the end of Knaresborough Bed Race 2013.  (130608M2v)
kna Teams cross the River Nidd near the end of Knaresborough Bed Race 2013. (130608M2v)

On your marks, get set, go! The teams have been announced for the 2014 Great Knaresborough Bed Race after a lottery draw.

The race attracted a record number of entries for 2014 with 133 team vying for one of the 90 spaces.

The Knaresborough Lions - who organise the event - set a maximum entry level of 90 for safety reasons, but in recent years have had to hold a lottery to chose who should have the chance to take part after more entries were received than could be accommodated.

Gordon Renton, chairman of the organising committee said: “As has happened for the last half-dozen years this led us to organise a lottery to pick 90 teams from those who have entered.

“We have a maximum of 90 teams because of the restrictions of the course, but it hugely disappointing that we have had let down so many teams.

He added: “Holding a public lottery is the best way.”

The draw was held at the Knaresborough Working Men’s Club on March 5 and more than 100 people who had entered went down to witness the draw.

Mr Renton added: “Seeding was given to junior teams and to those who have taken part in the Race consistently for several years. Team representatives actually made the draw themselves as we organised everything in the fairest way possible.

“For those who didn’t get in we welcome them to try again next year and we will treat their next entry as if they ran this year when it comes to seeding.”

This is the 49th year of Bed Race, which was first held in 1966. The theme for this year’s fancy dress part of the event is Children’s Film and TV Characters.

Each team is made up of six racers and one passenger who take part in a gruelling time trial over a 2.4 mile course, ending with a dip in the icy waters of the River Nidd.

The Race will be run on Saturday June 14 and is organised by volunteers to raise money for worthy causes, last year the event is thought to have raised around £100,000.

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Team List:

Scotton Scorchers

Fishers Till We Die

Nippers Men Killer Queens

Harrogate Round Table

MHS Army

Flying Mechanics, sponsored by HACS

The HACS Group

Knaresborough Town Juniors, sponsored by CNG

Broker Network Bounders

Team CNG

Piccadilly Plodders

Piccadilly Fillies

GH Brooks Lumberjacks

GH Brooks Blockheads

Belzona Bullets

Taylors of Harrogate: Tea

Taylors of Harrogate: Coffee

Arrow Commercial

Commercial Estates Group

Harrogate Harriers

Ripon Runners Girls

Wyrill’s Whirlwind

The Half Moon

Churches Together Ladies

Guardian Alarms

Charlie’s Angels

Harrogate Young Life Juniors

Bobby Dazzlers

Heels on Wheels

The Young Ones

Meadowside Maidens

Team Red Beer

St Michaels

Piccadilly Men

The Wacky Racers

Meadowside Malingerers

The Asthmatic Ants

Planet Steel

1st Knaresborough Scouts

Hardgear Teamwear

Oatlands Infants School Men

Harrogate Rugby Racers

Knaresborough Celtic Girls, under 16s

Scrummie Mummies

The Rocket Men

The Magnificent Seven

Welly Wheelers

Castle Clinic

P&G Graduates

Pulse Racers

Ripon Runners

P&G Team 1

Info Maniacs

George and Dragon

7 Peas in a Pod

Lexy’s Midnight Runners

The Younger Ones

Oatlands Infants Ladies

Bingley Arms Bardsey – the Old Boys


Nidd Valley Road Runners, Men B Team

Vida Leaders

Silver Band

Rugby Runners

Despicable Mums

1st Scriven Scouts

Armed Forces Fitness Harrogate

The Golden Oldies

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Scotton Lingerfield Ladies

Knaresborough Striders Men

Colin’s Nuts

Kippax Welfare Jarlfc

Six Pack

Tewitt Youth Band

2nd Knaresborough Rainbows

Platinum Sprint

Team BHP

The Minions

Cairn Superheroes

Stephenson’s Rockets

Rowdy Roosters

Manning Stainton

Harrogate Shotokan Karate Club

Harrogate Racers, AD Group Holdings

Beech House bandits

The Stockys

Welly Wheeners


St John’s Juggernauts