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. The money is raised for charity by teams collecting sponsorship for completing the course, often in fancy dress, whilst carrying a bale of straw and visiting each of the local pubs in the village; £300,000 has been raised date.
This looks like a fund day out with a real carnival atmosphere! There's more information and entry forms at www.strawrace.com.