Hanley Economic Potters 'Arf Marathon 2023


Hanley Economic Building Society Potters ’Arf Marathon - Sunday, June 11, 2023

13.1-mile run or walk, plus relay event... and 1k and 2k children's race!

To keep up to date with the latest news, sign up for our Potters 'Arf e-bulletin at https://www.stoke.gov.uk/stayconnected

More information below.


A shining ray of hope 

Stoke-on-Trent’s iconic half marathon - The Hanley Economic Building Society Potters ’Arf - is due to return on Sunday, June 11, 2023.

The Potters 'Arf is one of the most unique races in the UK. It has amazing Stokie support; places for all; a wonderful atmosphere at the city centre finish; medal, fantastic challenges and more! 

The event includes a 13.1-mile race, as well as walk and relay team sections for those who don't want to run the full distance. There is also a 1km and 2km junior race for youngsters. The 1km race is suitable for children aged five to 11 years old and the 2km race is suitable for children aged 12 to 16 years old. Check out our About The Race and Race Day Info/FAQs pages for more information on each event activity.

The Potters 'Arf has huge mental and physical health benefits, as well as raising thousands of pounds for local charities – including the main causes the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and The Alice Charity. Organisers hope that around 2,000 participants will be able to tackle this year's event.

The safety of residents and participants is of the upmost importance and we will be regularly reviewing the guidance provided by the Government and England Athletics in the run-up to the event.

Potters 'Arf runners

Training plans

Qualified fitness instructors at our sports and leisure teams across The Wallace Centre, New Horizons and Dimensions have created training plans for the Potters 'Arf Marathon. These are aimed at all levels and there is a 12-week beginner and a 10-week intermediate programme to work from. For more information, download the training programmes here:

Beginners' programme

Intermediate programme

Business offer

Businesses or organisations that sign up three or more relay teams will receive £5 off each relay group entry. Businesses or organisations that sign up 10 or more individual adult runners or walkers will receive £2.50 off each half marathon adult runner or walker entry. To take advantage of this offer, please email potters.arf@stoke.gov.uk.

Potters Arf

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We'd like to keep you updated with our new Potters 'Arf e-bulletin - all you have to do is visit https://www.stoke.gov.uk/stayconnected , enter your details, click the box next to Potters 'Arf Marathon, and submit! And you can unsubscribe any time. We also have a sport and leisure e-bulletin, which includes updates on the Potters 'Arf, and you can sign up by clicking here.

Social media

You can also follow social media for updates on #PottersArf 

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Download our Active Stoke app or the My Stoke app - which include updates on the Potters 'Arf

Contact us

For all other enquiries, please email potters.arf@stoke.gov.uk.

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