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Carl Moulton and Emma Taylor retained their titles in sweltering conditions at this iconic half marathon...

There were successful title defences for Carl Moulton and Emma Taylor at the Potters ‘Arf Marathon (Sunday 11 June) on a day when it felt like being inside a blast furnace! They and the rest of the field were clapped and cheered every sizzling step of the way.

Runners and walkers braved the temperatures at the 2023 Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon, taking on the undulating course that included Anchor Road and the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’. It’s usually hot at this race and this year was no exception so hydration was of prime importance to all the participants.

The order of play began with the walkers (and walking relay) setting off at 8.30am followed by runners and relays at 10am. Youngsters got their chance to be a part of everything in a Junior Race at 10.20am.

Local running clubs were well represented, out to challenge both themselves and ‘the hill’ over 13.1 miles.  Others were fundraising for various charities but, whatever the reason, they were helped by the warm hearted local community who are known for their support of this event. They handed out water, ice pops and sweets to thirsty competitors - not to mention the hose pipes and water pistols that helped to keep runners cool as they passed. All of which was appreciated by the participants, enabling them to keep going to the end.

At the front of the race was Boalloy RC’s Carl Moulton, looking strong and in control despite the heat. He continued to the finish where he raced across the line, holding his daughter’s hand, to win for the second year in a row in 1:15:22. Teammate Dan Hibberd was second in 1:17:29 and Newcastle (Staffs) AC’s Sam Crozier third in 1:18:14.

It was an outstanding display of running from City of Stoke AC’s Emma Taylor who was the women’s winner for the second consecutive year, finishing in 1:22:29. Wilmslow RC’s Diane McVey was second female in 1:29:25 with Taylor’s teammate Kelly Butler third female in 1:32:59.

View the complete set of results via the runABC Midlands Race Listing page.

Finishers received a bespoke medal and goody bag then off to celebrate (or recover) with a well earned drink (or several).

No ‘arf measures at this race which always asks more than a few questions of its participants.

Image courtesy of Drew Wilson.

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