Sign up now to take part in this year’s Ely Potato Race

Widow Twankey

Widow Twankey - Credit: Archant

The fifth annual Ely potato race returns in October - and organisers are appealing for local business to sign up to take part.

The schools final

The schools final - Credit: Archant

Isle of Ely Produce, of Littleport, is gearing up for the relay race which will see teams race up and down the High Street on Saturday October 14 from 11am. Each competitor will be required to run the race with a 20kg bag of potatoes on his or her back, and the two-man team from the Cambridge Ambulance Service were crowned champions in 2016.

The runners-up were Atrium Gym whilst the Sylhet Restaurant Ely came third and Dawn Lamb Fitness won the ladies race. Also running in 2016 was Widow Twankey from KD Theatre’s panto Aladdin.

Organiser Austen Dack and former mayor of Ely Ian Lindsay.

Organiser Austen Dack and former mayor of Ely Ian Lindsay. - Credit: Archant

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 £3,000, and help 10 local charities.”

If you would like to enter a team of two for the mens or ladies race email Austen at

The ladies final

The ladies final - Credit: Archant

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It costs £10 per team and places are limited.

The grand final

The grand final - Credit: Archant

Last year's winners: Cambridge Ambulance Service.

Last year's winners: Cambridge Ambulance Service. - Credit: Archant

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