Sudden rise in race entrants thanks to Great British Bake Off

Iain Cumming on Great British Bake Off SUS-150928-145732001
Iain Cumming on Great British Bake Off SUS-150928-145732001

This weekend’s Sussex Race will see a record number of entrants take part - thanks, in part, to The Great British Bake Off contestant Iain Cumming.

Lewes Athletics Club, which organises the annual 10-mile race, is putting the unprecedented popularity of this year’s event down to club member Iain, who has reached the semi-final stage of the BBC amateur baking challenge.

The race, which takes place over the Downs this Sunday (October 4), has been growing steadily over recent years as word spreads of the scenic but testing downland course, the warm club atmosphere and the home-made cakes provided by Lewes AC members for hungry finishers.

Now, it seems the runners of Sussex are hoping to catch a glimpse of star baker Iain, and even to taste any offerings he may contribute to the cake stall, as entries for the race have soared in recent weeks.

There are still a few places left in both the 10-mile race, which forms part of the Sussex Grand Prix, as well as the five-mile support race which runs alongside it.

Entries can be made online at and will also be available from 9am on race day from the race headquarters at Wallands Primary School in Lewes.

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Iain, a travel photographer who used to live in Lewes before moving to Cambridge, has been named star baker three times during the current series by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and is widely tipped to win the final.

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