image for Outdoor Event item typeOxenhope Straw Race at Oxenhope Village

Outdoor Event, Sun 2 Jul 2017

Straw Race

Straw Race


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West Yorkshire,
BD22 9JJ

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Sun 2 Jul Oxenhope Straw Race


The Oxenhope Straw Race takes place every summer in Oxenhope. It was started by two men who made a bet about racing from one pub to the next carrying a straw bale.
The Straw Race this year will take place on Sunday 3rd July and we’re really pleased to be able to announce that the Wagon and Horses will be hosting the start for us after a two year absence. .

This year also sees the 40th anniversary of the event so it’s an exciting year for us. All competitors will be receiving 40th Anniversary T-shirts which have been kindly sponsored by a number of local businesses, namely McDowell Transport, Wyedean Weaving, Westlake & Co. Chartered Surveyors, Mercado and JMH Aspirations. In addition to the T-shirt, everyone who completes the course in the time allowed will receive a medal with commemorative ribbon and all category will be receiving an extra special “gold medal”.
It has gone from strength to strength, raising over £300,000 for charity. The money is raised by teams collecting sponsorship for completing the course, often in fancy dress while carrying a bale of straw and visiting each of the local pubs in the village. It's a great day out with a carnival atmosphere!

It is now so popular that the organisers regret last year they had to turn some teams away because straw and beer supplies were limited to 250 teams. There is a moral to that story though folks……..enter before the weekend of the event when places are guaranteed because they have time to make arrangements for more supplies. Paper entries are accepted, but it is quicker to book online via their website.

Why not keep up with the latest news by following us on Twitter? @StrawRaceFun

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 2 Jul 2017


Online entry for 2017 is now open

The entry fee this year will be £30, however the fee for those teams entering at registration or on race day (availability permitting) will be £35.



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Map reference: SE 033349  Lat: 53.81038 Long: -1.95135


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