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The Oxenhope Charity Straw Race takes place every summer in the Pennine village of Oxenhope, near Keighley. It is always on the first Sunday in July.
As with any good story it all began over a pint one evening back in the mid 1970’s. Two local farmers made a bet about racing between pubs having a pint at each. As the night continued the bet grew, now they would also be carrying a bale of straw between the pubs!
To date this event has raised over £450,000 with funds donated to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, Haworth Riding for the Disabled and other local worthy causes.
Teams of two (or larger combined teams) are timed running the race in fancy dress, carrying a bale of straw (15-20 kgs), visiting six pubs drinking a pint at each (except the last one). The route is approximately 2.5 miles, starting at the Waggon and Horses, with stops at The Bay Horse, the former “Idiot Hut” social club, onto The Lamb, then the former Shoulder of Mutton with an uphill push to the finish at the Dog and Gun. Prizes are awarded for fastest times and best fancy dress.
It is great day out with a real carnival atmosphere for the local community. Whether you are taking part in the race or spectating, it is an event not to be missed!
Straw Race 2024 Confirmed for Sunday 7th July
We are delighted to confirm that the 2024 Oxenhope Straw Race will be held on Sunday 7th July 2024.
Entry options will be: Full bale and full pint (per team) or half bale and half pint (per team). Teams in any configuration can enter either category.
We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!
Early bird entry for the first 50 teams will be is £25 per person.
Entry for 50-250 teams will be £30 per person.
Entry for 250-300 teams will be £35 per person.