Irish charm at bed race

The BBEC/Fllexitallic team at the Knaresborough Bed Race by Richard Bryant
The BBEC/Fllexitallic team at the Knaresborough Bed Race by Richard Bryant

It’s not every day you see dragons, dinosaurs and leprechauns parading through a market square.

Or teams of men and women hurtling through the streets, pushing a wheeled bed frame in an exciting race.

The team from Flexitallic take part in the bed race at Knaresborough.

The team from Flexitallic take part in the bed race at Knaresborough.

The annual Knaresborough Bed Race saw tens of thousands of spectators flock to the north Yorkshire market town – and this year a group of workers from Cleckheaton took part in the fun.

A team from Flexitallic, helped by pupils from Batley Business and Enterprise College (BBEC) – pounded the streets of the town during the race. The theme for this year’s event was myths and legends and Flexitallic chose a leprechaun theme.

The boys at BBEC transformed the team’s bed frame into an Irish extravaganza and even donned leprechaun costumes on the big day.

Pupils accompanied the bed in the parade and gave out chocolate coins to spectators before the bed was stripped down and raced through Knaresborough.

Competitors from Flexitallic then ran with the bed frame along a gruelling course.

The two and a half mile route ends with an icy plunge into the River Nidd, where teams have to swim across with their bed frame.

Each year the event collects for a charity chosen by organisers the Knaresborough Lions.

This year’s donations will benefit spinal muscular atrophy charity the Jennifer Trust.

Flexitallic marketing co-ordinator Ashley Coulthard said: “Massive thanks to all the Flexitallic team that took part in both the parade and the run and showing such great time spirit in what was a great day.

“Thanks also to BBEC for designing and decorating the bed, they did an outstanding job and showed great support by coming along and taking part in the parade as well.”