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.