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The thrilling Ely Potato Race is close again to being under starter’s orders – with the team behind the event celebrating its seventh year.

The annual relay race, organised by Isle of Ely Produce in conjunction with over 30 local potato farmers, is being held on October 13 and will be officially started by Mayor of Ely, Mike Rouse.

The contest sees teams racing from Market Place to the end of the High Street, near the Cathedral. It is the only street based potato race in the world.

Last year we had racing potatoes (literally) Ambulance Crews plus a Firemen in full kit running the course.

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

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 for local schools and charities.”

“The race fits in nicely with our campaign which highlights the journey the potato makes from field to the frier. It also brings agriculture into our city, and people love to see the races.”

The team – as well as calling for spectators and runners – are also looking for local sponsors. All money raised will go to local charities.

The race which also coincides with Ely Cathedral’s harvest festival starts at 11am. A schools race will also take place.

The cost of entering a team of two people is £10. Places are limited.

If you would like to enter please call 01353 863355 or email austen@isleofely.co.uk.

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