A MUCH DEAR community fun run will triumphantly return next year.
The Great Knaresborough Bed Race will take place in June 2022 and will return after two years of absence.
Covid has resulted in the race being canceled by organizers for the past two years, the Knaresborough Lions promised to return as soon as possible and they are making plans for the next year.
Described as one of the greatest spectacles in the north of England, the event will take place on Saturday 11th June.
The first Bed Race was held in 1966 and last year the event was canceled for the first time, although parts of the route were skipped in 1972 and 1988 due to flooding of the River Nidd.
The race combines athleticism with eccentricity, with a different topic for the participants every year. This year’s theme is “Environment: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”.
Lions Organizing Committee Chairman Kevin Lloyd said, “The teams are free to interpret this and the broadest range is encouraged as always,” he said. “You can even reuse and recycle decorations from previous years. As always, the focus is on having fun for a great family day that has caught the imagination of people all over the world.
“We are getting a lot of interest and bed races at Knaresborough have spawned similar events in many countries. When budding organizers get in touch, we give them copies of our forms, promotional materials, and lots of helpful advice.
“At the top of the list, however, we say they really want a rugged old town with medieval lanes, a river that runs through a gorge and big enough for swimming, and panoramic views of some of the best scenery anyone has found anywhere . If you don’t have that, we wish you the best of luck. ”
With both cancellations, Lions still have an appetite for bed separation to resume. The event prides itself on continuity.
Kevin said, “We’re going to make sure it remains one of the nicest, funniest and most intense encounters on the Yorkshire annual sports calendar.”
The course is just under two and a half miles and passes through parks, Nidd Gorge, city streets, and McIntosh Park, among others, before ending with a swim in the River Nidd.
The race is organized by volunteers from the Knaresborough Lion Club and allows money to be donated to charity and other good causes.
The event fee is covered by sponsorship as well as advertising, charitable contributions and audience income.
Entry forms will be available from January 1, 2022. Teams must submit these forms by February. The racing field is designed for 90 teams and forms are available at www.bedrace.co.uk.