The Great Ely Potato Race is Back!

The Ely Potato Race is close again to being under starter’s orders – with the team behind the event once again on the lookout for runners!

The annual relay race, organised by Isle of Ely Produce in conjunction with over 30 local potato farmers is being held on October 12 and will be officially started by Mayor of Ely, Mike Rouse.

The contest sees teams racing to the Market Place and back to the end of the High Street, near the Cathedral. It is the only city centre potato race in the world.

Each competior is required to run the race with a bag of potatoes on his or her back. It is a race for both fun and we also get serious competitors too.

Oliver Boutwood, director of Isle of Ely Produce, said: “Last year’s race was amazing – more than 1,000 people lined the streets.”

“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 which starts at 11.30am. A school’s race will also take place.

Places are limited. Each team consists of two people, either two men or two ladies, over the age of 17. Competitors are also encouraged to dress up too, last year they were joined by the KD panto dame on the track!

If you would like to enter a team (it can be a company or two individuals) please call 01353 658216 or email

Press release from Austen Dack

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