Over £3000 given to charities from 2017 Ely Potato Race

Street Race Delivers Multiple Local Charity and School Funding.

The streets of Ely were lined with over 1,000 spectators and watched by over 7,000 people online through our live stream, the Isle of Ely Produce organisers of the annual Potato Race on the streets of Ely have today announced the beneficiaries of the charity proceeds from the 2017 event and are appealing once again for runners for the 2018 race!

The race sees local farmers and businesses teaming up to see who can race up and down the high street the quickest whilst carrying 20kg of locally grown potatoes! It features a ladies cup and also a children’s race too.

Last years races were started by Lucy Frazer MP for South East Cambs.

Austen Dack event organiser said “We were inundated with requests for help from the £3,000 pot and together with the directors of IOE and city mayor we sat and discussed every application in detail before deciding on the winning causes.”

IOE Potato Race Charity donations 2017 were given to: 

Elysian Riding for Disabled

Ely Wildspace

Ely Museum

Isle of Ely Primary School PTA

Highfield Ely Academy

Little Miracles

British Legion

Ely Hockey Club

Holy Cross Church Stuntney

Oliver Boutwood Isle of Ely Director said “The selected charities are from across the age ranges of our community. Hopefully the money raised from our potato race will touch many people’s hearts and deliver the required results.”

The race also raised money for The Lantern, St Johns, and St Marys Primary Schools too from the children’s race and for the Ely Hereward Rotary Club who act as race stewards.

The 2018 Potato race date for your diaries is Saturday October 13th. If you would like to enter a team or sponsor a race, please email austen@chippychat.co.uk.

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