Matthew gets the running bug ahead of Potters ‘Arf Marathon

Published: Tuesday, 29th March 2022

After taking part in the Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon for the first time in 2021, Matthew Conroy got the running bug and has decided to sign up for this year’s event on Sunday 12 June 2022.

Matthew will be raising money for the UHNM Charity, with a fundraising target of £500 to say thank you for the support they have shown to his friends and family.

Matthew Conroy said:

“Running is a bit of a hobby of mine, and having previously taken part in the Stoke 10K before, I decided to take on the Potters ‘Arf last year.

“Unfortunately, just before the event I got a really bad cold that hampered my training slightly, as I was aiming for a sub two-hour time and I went over by two or three minutes. This has motivated me to aim for a sub two-hour time this year.

“I was very nervous getting towards ‘heartbreak hill’ but the support all of the runners were getting was incredible and it really drives you on. Knowing I am raising money for such a worthwhile cause is a big motivator during my training.”

Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said:

“It is fantastic to hear about Matthew’s support of the UHNM Charity. He will be one of hundreds who will be raising money for many local charities on the start line of the Potters ‘Arf in June.

“I would like to wish Matthew and all of the runners well in their training ahead of event day.”

The Potters ’Arf is one of the most unique, community-spirited races in the UK. It has amazing support across Stoke-on-Trent, a wonderful atmosphere at the city centre finish, special medals and fantastic challenges.

It also raises thousands of pounds for local charities – including Douglas Macmillan Hospice, who help adults and children with life limiting illnesses and The Alice Charity – who work to improve the lives of families in crisis.

Registrations for the Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon are now open at