Potato race is back and it’s sure to be a sack full of fun!

Ely Potato race.

Ely Potato race. - Credit: Archant

A potato producer is once again looking to put a little fun into this year’s harvest by running a potato race in Ely.

Isle of Ely Produce, of Littleport, is gearing up for the annual relay race which will see teams race from the farmers’ market, in Market Place, to the end of High Street near the cathedral.

Each competitor will be required to run the race with a 20kg bag of potatoes on his or her back.

Last year’s winner OJ Scott and his brother Adam — who ran for the AL Lee & Son stable — have moved on so a new winner will be crowned in 2014.

All competitors get to keep their potatoes as part of their entry fee.


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The race will be run on Saturday, October 11, at 11am.

Isle of Ely Produce uses the event to showcase more than 20 different local potato farmers. It coincides with the harvest festival which starts in the city on the same day.

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It is hoped to eclipse the £2,000 raised last year for local charities.

Austen Dack, marketing manager for Isle of Ely Produce, said: “Last year’s race was amazing, more than 1,000 people lined the streets.

“The race fits nicely with our campaign which highlights the journey the potato makes from field to frier.”

To enter a team of two into the race, e-mail austen@isleofely.co.uk. Entry is £10 per team.

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