Highlights

  • Knaresborough welcomed teams from across England for their annual Bed Race
  • Race was taking place after two-year hiatus
  • It takes place over a 3.9km course

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 The bed race was first staged in 1966 in order to raise money for local charities.

The historic Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough welcomed teams from across England for their annual Bed Race on Saturday - back from a two-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Part fancy dress pageant and part gruelling time trial, the bed race was first staged in 1966 in order to raise money for local charities.

It takes place over a 2.4 mile (3.9km) course through the streets with a crossing of the river Nidd just before the finish.

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The river crossing has had to be abandoned twice in 1972 and 1998 when torrential rain saw the Nidd flood.

GH Brooks were the fastest team in the 2022 edition, making their way around the course in a rapid 12 minutes and 59 seconds.

The Welly Wheelers were the fastest women's team at 15:14.

Awards were also handed out for the best dressed team, the best decorated bed and there were individual honours for the fastest male and female junior teams.

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