Knaresborough Lions Club, are staging it this year as a virtual event called ‘Bed Race 2020 Unplugged’,
on Saturday 13 June 2020. They are asking the public to take part in both the parade and the race –
“The two essential components of Bed Race day are the parade and the race, which up to thirty-thousand people normally come to watch,” says Amanda George, Public Relations Officer of the Knaresborough Lions. “We knew we had to make these both happen somehow, while at the same
time staying safe and following distancing rules.
“So we are asking households to ‘Make Your Bed’: decorate a bed at home, linking it to our theme
‘What I’m looking forward to…’. It could be a normal bed, a flower bed, a model of a bed, or an actual
Bed Race bed if you happen to have one. Then make a video between 20 seconds and a minute long,
looking as if you are in the parade with your bed.”
“Sirastudio of Harrogate, who create Bed Race highlights videos for us in normal years, will be putting
together a parade from your footage, and this will be streamed for online viewing at 1 pm on 13th June
– the time when the real parade would normally happen. As in other years, judging will take place to
name the Best-Dressed Bed.
“We are also trialling a way for the public to take part in a virtual race, to be streamed at 3 pm on the
day. Send us video clips, from 20 seconds up to a minute long, of your household members facing the
camera and looking as though they are running in the Bed Race. You could be behind a bed headboard
appearing to push it, or just position yourselves in a racing formation. Be creative!
“For us to be able to use your race videos, there are two essential requirements:
• position yourselves in front of a single-colour background (preferably a blue or green sheet or
• and film in landscape orientation (not portrait).
Sirastudio will then see if they can put you in the picture.”
You can send the Lions both a parade and a race video, or just one type of clip. Send your videos to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of May.
Since dressed beds are usually first seen by the public on the big day, the Lions are asking you to hold
back from posting your videos online until after the main event. They would also like to remind people
to stay within their households to make the videos, in line with current rules about distancing.
As in normal years, Stray FM, the Knaresborough Lions’ media partner for the Bed Race, will be
covering the event. Bed Race Chair Kevin Lloyd says, “With your help, we can make it a big day on 13th
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Public Relations Officer, Knaresborough Lions
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June, with participation from many people in our local community and beyond. We look forward to
receiving your contributions!”
The Great Knaresborough Bed Race has been held each year, always on the second Saturday in June,
until this year.
Bed Race is in two parts – a fancy dress pageant of decorated beds in the theme of the year, and the race itself, a gruelling athletic contest in which teams of six runners and a passenger navigate their beds around the streets of Knaresborough over a 2.4-mile course, culminating in a swim through the chilly waters of the River Nidd.
It is organised by the volunteer group Knaresborough Lions to raise funds for charity and local community causes. Apart from the 90 teams and passengers which take part, many more people are also involved in the parade as helpers, in street bands and dance groups, in making the bed decorations and fancy dress, and marshalling the route and making it safe for the thousands of people who come to watch.
More information can be found on the Bed Race website at www.bedrace.co.uk and the Bed Race
Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatKnaresboroughBedRace. For more
information about the Knaresborough Lions, see the website of the Knaresborough Lions Club at