Straw Rac­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Ox­en­hope Straw Race is held ev­ery sum­mer in the Pen­nine vil­lage of Ox­en­hope, near Keigh­ley, UK. The race was started by two men who made a bet about rac­ing from one pub to the next car­ry­ing a bale of straw. As is of­ten he case, an off-hand re­mark in a pub be­comes a ma­jor event. Com­peti­tors race in teams of two (male, fe­male or mixed). The start is at the Wag­gon & Horses Inn. From there it is 1.6km to the Bay Horse Inn where a bale of straw is picked up. From there the course heads along 2km up a gen­tle hill, via the So­cial Club, the Lamb Inn and the for­mer Shoul­der of Mut­ton, to the fin­ish at the Dog & Gun. A pint of beer is drunk by teams at each stop.

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