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Pain and pleasure at the Potters 'Arf Marathon

Potters ‘Arf ready to put on a showstopper

Run, walk or relay at this crowd-pleasing race with a warm heart.

We are nearly half way through the year, temperatures are rising and ‘Heartbreak Hill’ is looming once more. This means the Potters ‘Arf Marathon (Sunday 12 June) is just around the corner where runners are guaranteed a big Stokie welcome as they take on the tough course.

The Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon is a ‘must do’ event which is known for its outstanding local support as well as the hills. Spectators line the route to clap, cheer and hand out sweets, fruit, water and ice pops – the latter especially welcome if the weather is hot – and encourage participants all the way to the finish in the city centre. 

For those not quite ready to run 13.1 miles there is a relay option for teams of between two and four people who complete the distance in 4 legs. 

The day begins with the Potters ‘Arf Walk, the first of the four events starting at 8.30am from Upper Market Square, Hanley. You'll enjoy the atmosphere, receiving the same support as the runners for their achievement. This is followed by the Half Marathon and Relays at 10am then a Junior Race at 10.20am, open to youngsters aged 5 – 11 (1K) and 12 – 16 (2K).  

The race is famous for its twin delights of Anchor Road and Milton Road a.k.a. ‘Heartbreak Hill’ and it is difficult to say which one hurts more. A long steep climb in the first few miles or the near vertical clamber towards the end – both are gruelling but the crowd support helps participants to the top.       

The event raises substantial amounts of money for various causes and this year the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and the Alice Charity stand to benefit from its generosity. Charities have been adversely impacted by the global pandemic, causing them to limit their activities as a result and efforts such as this make a real difference. 

There is still time to go 'Up Anley Duck’ for a community-minded, iconic Half Marathon and a day to remember. More information and how to enter can be found via the stoke.gov.uk website.

Image courtesy of Race Photos (Bryan Dale).

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