‘Bed Zeppelin’ hoping to bestow glory on York in the Great Knaresborough Bed Race

No chance of sleep – the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. Photograph © Rick Harrison
1 Jun 2016 @ 9.58 am
| Charity, Community news, Sport

No chance of sleep – the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. Photograph © Rick Harrison
No chance of sleep – the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. Photograph © Rick Harrison
A group of friends from York are participating in this year’s Great Knaresborough Bed Race on Saturday, June 11. Their name? ‘Bed Zeppelin.’

For those of you who haven’t heard of the bed race, it is a sporting contest with a difference.

First, you build a ‘bed’ from scratch. Then you dress it (and yourselves) in fancy dress. Finally you run the bed round a hilly Knaresborough course, complete with a swim through the freezing waters of the River Nidd. Fastest time wins.

It all sounds very farcical but actually it’s pretty serious stuff.

This year marks 51 years of the Great Knaresborough Bed Race and the event, which has inspired similar races all over the world, is the largest it has ever been.

Ninety teams from all over Yorkshire will be running and the fancy dress theme for the competitors is ‘Cities of the World’.

Helping the homeless

Ready to make their bed… the Bed Zeppelin team
Ready to make their bed… the Bed Zeppelin team

Bed Zeppelin, dressed as medieval knights with a bed decorated as the white castle of Bratislava, are running the race in support of Restore.

Restore are a York-based charity that provide homes and support for people in York who would otherwise be homeless.

Sam Smith, Captain of Bed Zeppelin, said: “The bed race is a great chance to enjoy the beauty of Knaresborough and white hot competition!

“The atmosphere is guaranteed to be fantastic and the bed designs are always out of this world. It’s great also to be doing this for a local charity.”

If you would like to support Bed Zeppelin and donate to the good work of Restore please visit our fundraising page here.