Bed race in Knaresborough

Yesterday we went to Knaresborough for the 50th bed race. I had no idea it will be so much fun and we took so many pictures (600+) so I have to make another post with Knaresborough. It was hard, but I managed to narrow down to 31 pictures from the race.

The bed race has an amazing history. The first race was 50 years ago with 4 beds. The second year more teams showed up and in a few years the beds started to be decorated and the race developed in the current format. Teams of 6 have to run on the medieval streets of Knaresborough pushing the bed with another team member on it. The itinerary is 2.4 miles long and they also have to cross the river Nidd.

On the day of the race, the decorated beds meet at Knaresborough castle and they are judged. At 1pm they are leaving in the parade around the town towards Conyngham Hall. From the Hall they are starting at 3pm the race. The teams have a 10 seconds gap between them when starting.

It’s incredible that this year, the winners finished the race in a little over 13 minutes! 2.4 miles in 13 minutes is very impressive. There is a maximum time limit of 30 minutes to finish the race.

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Man in Black, the first bed I’ve seen while we were going to see the beds before the parade. It was a very good idea to see the beds before the parade, as we could talk about their decorations and we were able to take more pictures.

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This is what I like about this events, I can walk around and bump into Ariel and Snow-white.

After seeing the beds we had a look around Knaresborough, I’m going to blog about it later this week. We went in the centre to get some desserts from a bakery and ended up in a great location to see the parade.

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They won the bed decoration competition.

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This is, obviously, the German team. In the booklet the organizers mentioned the Germans got here by bike for the race from 2010, quite a long way to go.

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I can’t decide if my favourite bed was Top Gun or Mario. The Top Gun bed played the soundtrack and their supporters had ping pong paddles to “direct” the airplanes.

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We arrived at the Hall fast as we took another way to go there. It was great, as it was very crowded after us. There was a ÂŁ2 fee for the entry at the Hall and that slowed everything, as people had to stop to pay. We had a look at the stalls that were there and headed up to the finish line.

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It was so crowded that from the start I could see only the heads of the teams.

11-12 minutes after the race started we saw the first team jumping in the water. Their speed on this terrain is incredible.

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The child that sits on top of the bed has to know how to swim because the bed can flip over, like in this picture.

Nothing can happen, as there are a lot of marshals in the water to assist with any issues. But even so, I think is quite scary to find yourself in a fast river.

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It was a great way to spend our Saturday. If you haven’t been to a bed race before, do go next year. It’s fun and relaxing and it really is something different.

4 Comment

  1. Love this! Completely nuts but fantastic fun at the same time. Love all the effort gone into making the beds. I like the Top Gun one but I do like the costumes of the Tardis one.

    (Found you via The Tardis link up)

  2. That is properly hilarious!!!! I love quirky events like this. THE TARDIS BED! You should totally link this up to TARDIS TUesady tomorrow- who cares if it is not your costume!!!x

    1. There were so many Tardis beds. It looked like Star wars and Tardis were the most popular concepts. It was a great event, very funny.

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