Isle of Ely Produce organisers of the annual Potato Race on the streets of Ely have announced the beneficiaries of the charity proceeds from the 2016 event.
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!
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 Ian Lindsay we sat and discussed every application in detail before deciding on the winning causes.”
IOE Potato Race Charity donations 2016
The Yana Project
The Chicken Shed
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. They ran a fiercely contested children’s race and also for the Ely Hereward Rotary Club who act as race stewards for the event.
City Mayor Ian Lindsay said “It was a difficult choice to decide who to give the money too, but I congratulate the team at Isle of Ely Produce for giving the city such a unique fun day which also raises money for local causes too.”
The 2017 Potato race date for your diaries is Saturday October 14th. If you would like to enter a team please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last years race was won by Cambridgeshire Ambulance Service, and was also contested by Widow Twanky, a team of monks and many of the local sports clubs and teams.