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Coronavirus: Knaresborough Bed Race cancelled

Coronavirus: Knaresborough Bed Race cancelled

Published by May Norman at 5:53am 19th March 2020. (Updated at 4:01pm 19th March 2020)

The 2020 Great Knaresborough Bed Race cancelled

  • The 2020 Great Knaresborough Bed Race has been cancelled following the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
  • Organisers have decided to call off the event, which has been running since 1966.
  • It was due to be held on Saturday, 13 June.

One of England's most eccentric and entertaining charity events - the Great Knaresborough Bed Race - has been cancelled.

Organisers met last night (Wednesday, 18 March) to discuss the 2020 event in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

They decided that in the current climate it would be 'socially irresponsible' to go ahead with the event.

Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2016
Great Knaresborough Bed Race in 2016

Kevin Lloyd, the bed race chairman 2020, said:

"Despite our best efforts we have to cancel this year's Great Knaresborough Bed Race.

"The Imperial College models suggest that the NHS will still be overloaded in June so it would be socially irresponsible of us to go ahead.

"We still have some details to work through regarding that mechanics of the cancellation so there will be more information to come.

"Cancellation of Bed Race will allow us to focus on our core values of being part of the world's biggest Service Organisation, Lions Clubs International, and to turn our attention to helping local people who need our support.

"We have not taken this decision lightly and everyone knows our passion for this great community event, we will be back.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to the teams, our sponsors and supporters, stay safe and well in these challenging times."

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race has been held annually since 1966 without missing a year and has been organised solely by Knaresborough Lions since 1998.

It was due to be held on Saturday, 13 June, with a green theme of The Environment.

The event sees teams of six push a bed over a 3km course which takes in the centre of the market town and its gorge before crossing the River Nidd.

Knaresborough Bed Race
The race has always taken place but the river crossing has
previously been cancelled twice before

For more information on the bed race, please visit the Great Knaresborough Bed Race website here.