The 2019 Oxenhope Straw Race is dedicated to the memory of Ian Barrett, who died earlier this year.  Ian was the Chairman of the organising committee over the past 15 years and we miss him greatly.  During Ian’s long illness he was cared for by the amazing staff at Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope which makes this year’s event all the more poignant.  
For 2019 we have made it easier for you to submit your sponsorship monies.  You can donate online through our Justgiving crowdfunding page Either collect in sponsorship and make a single payment or share the link with your friends and family so they can donate directly.  Please remember the aim of the Straw Race is to raise much needed funds for some wonderful local charities, so have a great day but make sure you play your part.  Thank you.

Online entry for 2019 will open on 19th April.

The entry fee this year will be £40, however the fee for those teams entering at registration or on race day (availability permitting) will be £45.00.

Getting to the start For those taking part in the race, the Keighley and Worth Valley railway is offering free travel on production of your race number. This means that you can park in Keighley or anywhere along the KWVR line and use the train. From Oxenhope station there will be a free bus service to get competitors to the start at the Wagon and Horses. For those driving there is limited parking in the village and so we are encouraging folks to park near The Dog and Gun, which is the finish, and walking down to the start in the village. The pub has some parking and a local farmer also gives us use of his field.

The Course: Teams of two (male, female or mixed) from the start, walk or run  to the Bay Horse Inn where a bale of straw is picked up (female teams may carry 1/2 bales if wished), and head up to the finish at the Dog & Gun, some 1 1/2 miles up a gentle hill, via the Social Club, the Lamb Inn and the former Shoulder of Mutton. A pint of beer (or half-pint for female teams) is drunk by teams at each stop.

The Finish: The Dog & Gun. There will be a funnel which all teams will follow. As soon as each team crosses the finish line their race medals will be given.

There will be marshals along the route and the route to be taken will be obvious!