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Carl Moulton and Emma Taylor win at the Potters Arf Marathon

Carl Moulton and Emma Taylor on top of the world at Potters Arf

They raced to victory at this hard, hilly half marathon.

Heartbreak Hill didn’t stop Carl Moulton and Emma Taylor from their first places at Sunday’s (12 June) Potters ‘Arf Marathon. They were overjoyed as they crossed the finish line in front of cheering crowds at this popular and iconic race. 

Around 1,000 runners took part in the 2022 Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon with its challenging course not least the near vertical climb up Milton Road a.k.a. ‘Heartbreak Hill’. 

This event was open to everyone with walkers starting at 8.30am followed by the runners and relay at 10.00am. Youngsters were equally welcome and had their own Junior Run at 10.20am where they completed a 1K or 2K circuit according to age. 

Local running clubs were well represented with vests proudly worn by members from City of Stoke AC, Newcastle (Staffs) AC, Trentham RC, Silverdale RC and many others. They walked a short way to the start on Potteries Way before being sent on their way at 10am along a route that included a long slog up Anchor Road and a short, painful ascent up Milton Road. 

This race is known for its local support and 2022 was no exception with crowds loudly encouraging runners all the way, offering drinks, sweets etc. The community spirit is what defines this event and one of the reasons why runners return every year. 

Carl Moulton looked in control as he powered his way around and flew across the finish to win the 2022 Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon in 1:12:51. It has been a good year for him so far with wins at the Uttoxeter Half Marathon and Clayton 10K; 2nd at Air Products 10K and Knighton 20 and 3rd at the Westbridge 5. He can add the Potters ‘Arf to his growing list of successes. 

Sam Crozier of Newcastle (Staffs) AC was second in 1:13:28 and Chris Pownell of Knowsley Harriers third in 1:16:00. 

It was another strong performance by City of Stoke AC’s Emma Taylor who broke the tape to become the winning lady in 1:23:33. Her teammate Rebecca Harrison was second in 1:24:52 with Diane McVey of Wilmslow RC third in 1:25:34. 

Check out all the results via the runABC Midlands Race Listings page.

There may have been leg ache after Heartbreak but this was hidden by the smiles and thumbs up for photos on a day when many achieved their goal. The team from PB Pacers helped those chasing a target time and their efforts were greatly appreciated. 

Fancy doing it all again next year? Sign up for the 2023 Potters ‘Arf Marathon via the Stoke.gov.uk website.

Images courtesy of Graham McLachlan.

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