The Oxenhope Straw Race takes place every summer in the Pennine village of Oxenhope, near Keighley. It was started by two men who made a bet about racing from one pub to the next carrying a bale of straw.
It has gone from strength to strength, raising around £470,000 to date. The money is raised by teams collecting sponsorship for completing the course, often in fancy dress but also the more serious athletes competing for a good time, whilst carrying a bale of straw and visiting each of the local pubs in the village. It is great day out with a real carnival atmosphere!
The sponsorship money is collected in by the Straw Race committee, and in November it is distributed to local charities. Various other fundraising events take place throughout the year to add to the total money raised. In 2019 we were able to make donations in excess of £9,000 to several local charities.
Online entries can be accepted until 5pm on Friday 1st July 2022. There may be opportunity to enter in person on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at registration. However places at that time cannot be guaranteed and the entry fee will increase to £55.
Medals for all those completing the course.
Minimum age: 18
A team is defined as two people. It is common for multiple teams to run together with a particular fancy dress theme.
To enter and pay for multiple teams online you need to:
Enter your first team and include a 'Team Name';
List the names of people in other teams you wish to run with under 'Running with';
Click 'Add New Entry';
Repeat until all teams entered, using the same 'Team Name';
Proceed to payment.
If you have previously entered this event online, the system should remember your details, making entry quicker for you this year.
We ask that teams pledge to raise at least £20 for these worthy causes (a team is defined as two people, therefore where teams are running together the pledge should reflect this, e.g. 6 people = 3 teams = £60 pledge).
There is an option for you to donate your pledge during the online entry process and we would be most grateful for any amount you can give.