It’s time to enter this year’s Straw Race and start planning your race strategy. This famous charity event is held every year in the summer time and raises funds that are distributed by the Straw Race committee, to local charities. It is sponsored by Beccles Business Association.
The Straw Race as is a two mile fun run – competitors run in pairs with every team having to devise the easiest way of transporting a bale of straw between them. The race is simple enough, the teams in fancy dress race from the car park in Pudding Moor, though the town, stopping at several pubs/drinking stations along the way. Beer and soft drinks are free to the runners. The race to the final pub is the only part that is really competitive, as this is for the Winners Cup!
The challenge – find yourself a partner, run 2 miles in fancy dress, consume a pint of beer at each of the pubs/drinking stations on route and carry a bale of straw between you (some people prefer to use something to transport their bale of straw for example a wheelbarrow, pram or cart.
Funds are raised from sponsorship and from a collection made by the runners themselves on route. Beer is donated from, breweries. Most landlords are also very generous and donate other drinks. We would like to ask the towns public houses to join in the fun with their own fancy dress costumes, ready to meet our thirsty competitors and spectators.
This year there is to be a street party after the race, outside the Kings Head Hotel, with music and a barbecue. Why not arrange to meet up with family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of music and fun. Prizes will be given to the team with the highest sponsorship, best fancy dress, and medals for all competitors completing the course in the allowed time and tankards for the first team home. Prizes will be awarded when everyone has crossed the finish line.
For this event we need lots of helpers/volunteers, so if you are not running the Straw Race and would like to get involved, will you please consider helping with the marshalling.
Please note all competitors must be 18 years or over – Identification may be asked for.
To obtain an application form click here:
or call Jill on 07918659583
or email [email protected]