Held on Saturday 11 June, the 55th episode of the spectacular Great Knaresborough Bed Race was one of the best yet!
Dry weather in cloudy but warm conditions made it the perfect environment for teams and spectators. And thousands turned up to watch. Many folk put attendance well above 30,000, suggesting that it was one of the best attended events for years and years.
Everyone played a part: teams posted incredible times; bed designs were highly creative; cross dressing was given full rein. The police used it as a training day for cadets. The atmosphere was festive and the Lions were home mostly by 8 pm.
Bed Race has been revived.
G H Brooks won for the second time
G H Brooks won the 55th Great Knaresborough Bed Race for the second occasion, in a remarkable time of under 13 minutes. Welly Wheelies were the fastest female team and The Rocket Men walked off with the Best Dressed Bed award.
Huge crowds saw a very compelling affair. Second and third placed fastest teams, Ripon Runners and Knaresborough Striders, swapped positions several times around the course. Reflecting the theme of the 'Environment', a special 'green' award was presented for the first time. It was won by FOKSJ A and B Teams.
Mark Smith of HACS, a Bed Race stalwart without whose support the event would struggle to be held, was presented with the Brian Hiscoe trophy for outstanding contribution to Bed Race.
The organisers, the Lions Club, also thank the marshals, the caterers, the pickers and baggers, the teachers, the judges, the comperes, the media, the air cadets, the guides and scouts, the parkers and riders, and all others, not forgetting Jim Harrison's two hefty sons, who helped the Lions cope with the day.
Fastest Female Team, the Welly Wheelies
The Rocket Men and their Best Dressed Bed
Team 37 "Welly Wheelies" race down Bond End to be crowned the Fastest Female Junior team in 2022