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Great Knaresborough Bed Race

August 2014 | by George Hunt

On 14 June, Team Harrogate Young Life, a part of Harrogate Young Life took part in the Great Knaresborough Bed Race.

The race is split into two parts: a parade through the town of Knaresborough of the ‘dressed’ beds, decorated in the theme of that year; and the race itself, around the town, including a swim across the River Nidd — all with the bed of course!

This year, the theme of the beds was ‘Children’s film and television’ and the YL team choose to decorate their bed as ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe’.

The bed itself, to show this, had a large lion reaching about 3m tall, on top of a broken stone table, showing the resurrection of Aslan as in the story (thanks to John Bion, of Colonial Classics, www.colonialclassics.co.uk, for the creation of the lion on the bed).

To use this theme evangelistically, we handed out tracts written by Roger Carswell, explaining the meaning of the story and how C. S. Lewis portrayed Aslan as a picture of Jesus, who died and rose to save those who could not save themselves.

The bed had the Bible verse, ‘Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me… shall be saved”.’ on the side. We pray that the text and tracts were an effective witness to the people watching the event. We have the assurance, as Isaiah 55:11 says, that God’s Word will not return void.

Coming to the race, the team finished the course (a 2.2 mile run and 40m swim) in 15 minutes 57 seconds. This won them the fastest Junior Bed (under-16s), and placed them in 19th place out of 90 overall (Editor’s note: Congratulations!)

This was a delight to team leader, John Hunt, who had entered junior teams for ten years, and this was the first time that his team had won the junior category. We praise the Lord for enabling us to achieve this.

All in all, the Great Knaresborough Bed Race was a great day, both for fun and achievement, and we also pray that the Word of God was spread effectively. We praise the Lord for giving us this opportunity to witness to people we may not otherwise have reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.

George Hunt

Pic: Runners: George Hunt, John and Dan MacLeod, Duncan Newlove, Robert Maxwell and Luke Parker; with Lois Parker on the bed.