Entries for Potters ‘Arf Marathon open as people look to kick start their new year’s fitness push

Published: Thursday, 6th January 2022

Runners and walkers have been signing up for this year’s Potters ’Arf Marathon as entrants look to get fit and have some fun in 2022.

Organisers are hopeful that 2,000 people will take part in the Hanley Economic Potters ’Arf Marathon on Sunday 12 June 2022 and entries are open at www.stoke.gov.uk/pottersarf

The event is aimed at people of all abilities and is the perfect way to become a new you in 2022.

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 and The Alice Charity – who work to improve the lives of families in crisis.

The city council, its race partners and sponsors want this year’s event to be a shining ray of hope in 2022, with as many people as possible taking part.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for public health, culture and leisure, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that so many people have already entered the Potters ‘Arf and just goes to show what a popular event it is.

“It’s going to be wonderful to see all of those people taking part in something that’s so inspiring and community-spirited after the struggles we have all faced during the pandemic.

“The atmosphere at the Potters ’Arf is always something special – there’s really nothing like it anywhere else and we want this year’s event to be the biggest ever.

“Last year we had 1,700 participants and if we can surpass that this time it will be an even more incredible spectacle for everyone in the city. As always, I will be out on the course with my family cheering on everyone who is taking part.

“I love seeing all ‘the Potters ‘Arf regulars going past and I hope to see them all again there this year. But it’s also the start of the year and I know people are setting themselves new goals or challenges for the year, so why not make the Potters ‘Arf your challenge?

“There are plenty of ways to get involved in the race though– so don’t worry if you’re not an avid runner. There’s the fantastic main race, but we also have the popular relay or walking sections for others to enjoy, as well as the incredibly popular junior event in the city centre.

“So why not sign up, try something new, or make a return to the event and be part of one of the most incredible events that will take place in the city this year?”

To find out more about gym membership, where a fantastic offer of join now pay nothing till March is currently in place, visit www.stoke.gov.uk/sports

More information about the Potters ’Arf - including entry details, the latest news, race day information, and results - is available at https://www.stoke.gov.uk/pottersarf

People can also sign up to a new Potters 'Arf e-bulletin by visiting www.stoke.gov.uk/stayconnected