Ely potato race
supporting the local community
October saw the seventh annual Ely Potato Race. A gruelling event which highlights aims to highlight local produce in conjunction with the Ely harvest Festival. The race sees competitors run a quarter mile course carrying up 20kg sacks of potatoes which are donated by local potato growers, including P.J Lee & Sons, Jonathan Waters and A.L Lee & Sons to name just a few.
A sprinkling of rain caused a few nerves in the morning but it didn't put off a healthy crowd who gathered up and down the high street to watch the sixteen teams battle it out over the quarter mile course.
In the men's race, the team from the Atrium Gym were crowned worthy champions, winning their heat and powering into the lead to also take the final! Runners-up were team 'Infinity Fitness' and in a close third was the team from Littleport Basketball Club, sponsored by our very own Isle of Ely Produce.
Local school, Kings Ely claimed victory in both the ladies race and the children's race. Oliver's Potatoes was proud to supply the 7.5kg sacks of potatoes and also the 2kg Pre-pack bags for the ladies and children's races, respectively.
Donations on the day helped to raise over £2,000, to be donated to local schools and charities.
Oliver's Potatoes director, Oliver Boutwood said: "It was lovely to see so many people coming out to support the teams today. Isle of Ely Produce are happy to play such an important part in the community and will continue to invest in these types of events in the future."