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Hanley Building Society Potters ‘Arf

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Since its inception in 1982, the Potters ‘Arf Marathon has grown in popularity year on year and is now supported by crowds of spectators. The race follows a well-marshalled course with a buzzing atmosphere throughout! You’ll be running under UK Athletics rules and a UKA licence.

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2 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Ian H
"First time I've entered the Potts Half, would highly recommend it for the..."


Jase B
"Organisation 1 due to coaster as a medal. <br />4th time raced so silver &..."
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How to enter the Hanley Building Society Potters ‘Arf

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    Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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    Junior Fun Run

    Run 1km
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Hanley Building Society Potters ‘Arf routes

The start will be on the Potteries Way but runners must line up in Huntbach
Street at 10.20am before moving to the start. The finish is based in front of the Shopping Centre by the statue of Sir Stanley Matthews (our former patron).

Markers will be erected at every mile and water stations situated at 3.5 miles, 7 miles and 10 miles. See the course map above for more detail.

Junior Fun Run:

The Junior Run starts outside Marks and Spencers at 10:50 am. Please wear your race number on your front so we can give you a name check when you finish.

The route starts in Parliament Row then takes a right into Old Hall Street, right into Cheapside, right into Parliament Row, left into Stafford Street, right into Lamb Street then left into the finish by Sir Stanley Mathews Statue.

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What’s Included

Finishers’ Bag: Every finisher of the Potters 'Arf Marathon will receive a commemorative package containing:

  • Ceramic medal
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Energy-boosting flapjack from Wrights Pies
  • Organic Energy Boost snack from Tree of Life

  • Runners finishing within two hours will receive a special time bonus medal, all other runners receive a Finishers Medal. The male and female overall winners will receive a bespoke hand decorated Winners’ Cup manufactured by Emma Bridgewater Pottery alongside the Winning Prizes. Presentations will be at 1:00pm at the Hanley Building Society, Lamb Street.
    Raceday Logistics

    Bag Storage: Available in the ground floor of the Potteries Shopping Centre which is located in the centre of Hanley.

    Changing Areas: Located inside the Marquee in the Centre of Hanley outside “Primark”.

    Toilets: Portable toilets are located a few metres away from the Changing areas; extra toilets are available in the Indoor Market (Lower floor of the Intu Shopping Centre).

    Toilets on route: 1766 Leek Road (opposite the Creme).

    Food: There a couple of outlets in the vicinity of the start and finish area for takeaway drinks and food for both runners and spectators

    Race Headquarters: On the day you will be able to contact an official at race headquarters which will be located in the Hanley Economic Building Society, Lamb Street, opposite Primark in the centre of Hanley, close to the baggage and changing areas.


    Are headphones allowed?

    The UK Athletics rule is that the only headphones allowed are ‘Bone Conductor Headphones’. Why we advise against any other type of headphones is that it is almost impossible to administer the rule in races with large fields. Wearing any other type of headphones risks disqualification by the Race Referee.

    Hanley Building Society Potters ‘Arf weather forecast

    Light rain until evening.

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    Hanley Building Society Potters ‘Arf reviews (2)

    4.3 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      Organisation 1 due to coaster as a medal.
      4th time raced so silver & bronze medal in the past with t-shirt and a plate and coaster. This year 2019 coaster with ribbon as your medal. Iconic race embarrassing coaster/medal

    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      First time I've entered the Potts Half, would highly recommend it for the atmosphere alone support all the way round. Kids handing out sweets high fiving runners. The course is tough but a great test and finishes in the town centre.👍
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