|Where:||Oxenhope, Yorkshire starting at the Wagon and Horses pub and finishing at the Dog & Gun|
|When:||1st Sunday in July|
The Straw Race at Oxenhope is a charity fundraising event in which teams race a two-and-a-half mile course from the Wagon and Horses carrying a bale of straw. Teams are set off at regular intervals and are timed, with the fastest team being the winners; however it’s not a straighforward run to the finish as competitors must stop at set points on the way to drink a pint of beer. Much of the route is uphill; the entrants must also expect to be doused with buckets or water-pistols, which may be welcome if it’s a hot day! Record breakers take around fifteen minutes to finish while laggards can take hours.All who complete the course are presented with a medal at the finishing line. Many competitors choose to race in fancy dress and while it’s a serious money-raiser the atmosphere is lighthearted and fun. The views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular!
In 2017 it will be on Sunday July 2nd.
Anyone can watch for free – competitors must register by 10.30 and pay £25 per team for advance booking or £30 on the day. Car parking is available at the Dog and Gun pub (the finishing point) which cost £3 for the day in 2015; road closures are in place so check the website for details. As it’s a lengthy route it’s easy to get a good view of the competitors – lots of spectators set up chairs and watch the teams go by.
Click here for the event website : http://www.strawrace.com/
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