The Great Knaresborough
Bed Race

Saturday 9th June 2018

Bed Race Info

All the information you need for the day

  • Race Day Info

    Find out all the information you need for the day, including parking to public transport

  • Programme

    View this year's event programme, complete with key event timings

  • Results

    Check out the latest race results including results from the past decade

  • Gallery

    View our gallery of race and parade photos from the past few years

Bed Race Video

Highlights from the 2017 Great Knaresborough Bed Race

Latest News

Check out the latest news from the Great Knaresborough Bed Race

About the Bed Race

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race has been held every year since 1966, always on the second Saturday in June. It is a mighty pageant of decorated beds, passengers and runners, combined with a gruelling athletic contest around a course of 2.4 miles. It is organised by volunteers from the Knaresborough Lions to raise funds to meet local charitable and community needs. 

This takes the teams – usually 90 squads in the maximum race field - through parkland, through the Nidd Gorge, up the steep Castle Ings to the town centre. They then hurtle down High Street and Bond End, cross High Bridge and dash to the climax of the event: the 30-yard swim through the ever-icy waters of the River Nidd, beds racers and all. For the teams, it is an unforgettable experience, and for spectators unmissable. Bed racing, begun in Knaresborough, has spread across the globe, helping to entertain folk and raising cash for worthwhile causes.

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