Chips ahoy as Ely goes back to its roots for fourth annual potato race

Ely Potato Race 2014 final

Ely Potato Race 2014 final - Credit: Archant

Isle of Ely produce is gearing up for its fourth annual potato race this weekend.

The event will see teams race from the farmers’ market in Market Place to the end of High Street near the cathedral.

This year’s race has received record entry levels meaning that there will be three heats of five teams for the feature race before a grand final to see who wins the trophy and a cash prize of over £100.

Oliver Boutwood, director of Isle of Ely Produce, said: “Last year’s race was amazing, more than 1,000 people lined the streets, and helped us raise over £1,500 for local charities.

“The race fits nicely with our campaign which highlights the journey the potato makes from field to fryer”, he added.

New to 2015 will be a ladies race.

Austen Dack, who are organising the race, said: “The hard work is done so all we need now is a bumper crowd to come and cheer on our runners.

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“All competitors get to keep their potatoes as part of their entry fee”, he added.

The race will take place on Saturday October 10 from 11am.