The build up for the 2020 Potters 'Arf marathon is underway as registration for the race is launched today.
The Hanley Economic Building Society Potters ’Arf Marathon is back on Sunday, June 14 2020 – and it’s one of the most unique races in the UK.
With a city centre finish, amazing route and fantastic supporters creating a wonderful Potteries atmosphere, there’s no other race quite like it.
The 'Arf encourages all abilities to have a go - it has walking and relay team sections for those who don't want to run the full 13.1 miles.
There's also a FREE 1,000-metre junior race for youngsters who want to take part.
Organisers say all participants receive a t-shirt, goody bag and special Potters ’Arf medal.
Over the past 16 years more than 30,000 people have taken part in the Potters ’Arf; and it’s become an iconic part of the Stoke-on-Trent sporting calendar which encourages seasoned runners or those looking for a new challenge to be active and healthy.
Since it first started, the ’Arf has also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities – including the two main causes the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and the Donna Louise Trust.
Runners, walkers and relay teams can get £5 off entry to the Hanley Economic Building Society Potters ’Arf Marathon by signing up at the official launch event today from 9am to 12.30pm (Saturday, January 18) at the Victoria Hall in Bagnall Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3AD.
Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “The Potters ’Arf Marathon is an iconic part of the Stoke-on-Trent calendar which encourages runners or those looking for a new challenge to take part.
"We’ve got sections for walkers, relay teams and a free junior event as well, so there are lots of ways to get involved.
"This year we’d love even more groups to take part in the relay, so if you’ve got friends or colleagues who fancy having a go, make sure you sign up.
“I watch the ’Arf every year on Anchor Road and the atmosphere is really special.
"The support is fantastic and there’s definitely no other race quite like it in the UK.
"It’s also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities – including the two main causes the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and the Donna Louise Trust – which is another fantastic legacy of the race.”
Online entries, at full price, will open at 1pm following the launch event – via entryhub.co.uk/potters20.
More information will be available at www.potters-arf.co.uk