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Tucked up in bed and racing

LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Last updated 05:00 11/04/2014
Bed race team
Lauren Priestley
NO SLEEPING: Leila Leckie, Kim Hughes, Anthony PieronintsTnte, Bryce Leckie, Nicole Pieroni and Kelly Norris pushing Mitchell May.
Leila Leckie
Lauren Priestley
GIVING BACK: Leila Leckie is raising money for the charity that supported her mother during her last days.

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Beds are made for sleeping, not running.

But Aucklanders are flipping that convention on its head by racing around the Auckland Domain with beds in tow this Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

The Great Auckland Bed Race is in its second year but it's the first time the event has been held in the city's largest park.

Sponsored teams of six runners - each pushing one passenger, take part in a fancy dress parade before the 3km race.

All get to choose which charity will benefit from their efforts.

Leila Leckie is behind one team's efforts to raise money for a cause close to her heart.

She and her friends will be running for the hospice that cared for her late mum after she was diagnosed with cancer and given just six weeks to live.

"It was such a hard thing to deal with. We didn't know where to go or what to do when we got the news. We had no idea.

"I think most people know someone that has either gone through a terminal illness or is going through one. Hospices just help so much."

The race originated in the English town of Knaresborough and was first staged in 1966.

One of the Auckland version's founders, Samantha Jung-Fielding, grew up in the UK and loved watching the event as a child.

She promoted the concept after learning that hospices were trying to raise money for new beds.

"The bed idea just flashed in front of my eyes. I grew up with the race, it's in my blood. To come more than 12,000 miles and recreate it here has been great.

The event raised more than $30,000 last year and organisers are hoping to top that this weekend.

Go to greataucklandbedrace.co.nz for more information.

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