The Hanley Economic Potters 'Arf Marathon is one of the most unique races in the UK, with amazing Stokie support; places for all; a wonderful atmosphere at the city centre finish; special Potteries medals, and fantastic challenges including the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’.
The event includes a 13.1-mile race, as well as walking and relay team sections for those who don't want to run the full distance. There is also a 1,000-metre junior race for youngsters aged six to 15 years old.
Main race: 13.1-mile run. Participants gather at Huntbach Street in Hanley, where the buzz is amazing. After a short walk, they then start on Potteries Way at 10.30am to cheers from the supporters. There’s a great atmosphere, with encouragement from residents and our amazing team around the route. The event follows a well-marshalled route, finishing back in the city centre to more cheering crowds near the Sir Stanley Matthews statue.
Relay: There’s a brilliant relay team section for those who do not want to run the full 13.1 miles. This can be done in groups of between 2 and 4 so you can split the route up between you. It's a great way of taking part, without having to run the full course. The stages for four runners range from 1.7miles to 4.7miles and are detailed on the race day information page.
Walk: 13.1-mile walk. Participants start at 9am, outside Marks and Spencers in Upper Market Square, Hanley. The walk has a fantastic atmosphere and, because you've set off earlier in the morning, you finish around the same time as the runners – to cheers from the crowds!
Junior race: The 1,000-metre junior race - starting at 10.50am - is for young people aged between six and 15 (under-9s must be accompanied by an adult). This provides a fantastic opportunity for children to take part and many previous entrants have gone on to take on the main event.
Prizes: Everyone who finishes receives a goody bag, as well as the special Potters 'Arf medal created by Wade Ceramics, including time bonus ribbons. Winners' trophy presentations take place after the event.
To sign up and for more info, visit https://www.stoke.gov.uk/pottersarf