About the Race

First held in 1982 starting from Burslem, the Potteries Marathon was soon moved to Trentham Gardens, and was widely regarded to have one of the best finishes in the world.

Although the race took place over a hilly course, it was very popular with runners and was voted the ‘Best race in Britain’ three times by readers of Running Magazine

One of the early winners was Ian Thompson who had previously won the European and Commonwealth marathons. Another popular winner over subsequent years was Mark Roberts, winning a record seven times!

The last race was held in 2004, but after dwindling numbers and increasing costs it was decided to change to a half marathon to gain more interest.

As Trentham Gardens was no longer a suitable start point it was relocated to Hanley Town Centre and renamed the ‘Potters ‘Arf.’ Since the initial ‘Arf marathon in 2005 the race has grown in popularity with runners and is now attracting fantastic spectator support associated with full marathons. This year we invite you to help us celebrate the 37th race held in the Potteries

Below is a short video of the 2017 Potters Arf Marathon event courtesy of Shine Media.

About The Principle Sponsor

Hanley Economic Building Society

We are the local the building society supporting Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. Our aim is to combine the traditions and roots of a mature organisation with the verve and efficiency of a modern business, by operating as a successful mutual organisation with high quality customer service at its core. We have branches located across Staffordshire in Biddulph, Festival Park, Longton, Newcastle, Stone and Hanley City Centre. Supporting local events like The Potters ‘Arf marathon is at the heart of what we do and the 2017 race was our 10th anniversary of consecutive of sponsorship.

About the Supporters

Afford Rent-A-Car

Tony Moore and Tony Dobson launched Afford Rent a Car in 1981, after being made redundant from a large car franchise. Decades have passed and with over 35 years’ experience and loyal staff Afford Rent a Car has achieved a magnificent status within Staffordshire and Cheshire regions. The range of vehicles includes cars, estates, MPVs, light commercials and minibuses

We take great pride in servicing retail and corporate business from our Fenton, Crewe and Stafford branches. Our vehicles are replaced frequently ensuring that our customers are only provided with quality vehicles, which are maintained to the highest standards and are backed with our comprehensive 24 hour call out service.

As members of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association combined with our affiliation with SIXT Rent a Car and United Rental Systems, Afford Rent a Car are constantly subject to quality assurance assessments

We take pride in supporting our local communities by sponsoring various major local and national sporting events, Potters ‘arf being one of them, which we have sponsored for over 20 years!

Run with Team Dougie Mac

Dougie Mac is proud to be one of the associated charities of the Potters ‘Arf Marathon. Over the past 10 years 643 runners have chosen to run the Potters ‘Arf and raise funds for the Hospice. Together they have contributed over £206,000 to help provide free end of life care in your local community

Last year we provided care and support to 3,000 local people, their families and their carers and this would not have been possible without the support of people just like you. Every year we are amazed by the support of our runners so we would be honoured to welcome anyone who would like to join Team Dougie Mac and run to raise funds

Once again all our runners will be able to ‘Lace it up’ and receive free yellow shoe laces thanks to our friends at New Balance

To join the 1000s of runners who have already represented Team Dougie Mac at the Potters ‘Arf please visit fundraising.dmhospice.org.uk, call the fundraising team on 01782 344304 or email fundraising@dmhospice.org.uk

See why Natalie Jackson of Stoke-Fit is running for Dougie Mac.

The Donna Louise Trust

At The Donna Louise Hospice our entire focus is to support children who have serious, complex, life-limiting or life threatening conditions and their families throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire

We’re a registered charity mainly financed by voluntary contributions. Our care services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days and cost £3m a year to deliver. There is no charge to families using the service. We rely on generous support to fund the important work we do and without those donations we simply wouldn’t exist

We work alongside families to help them identify how we can support them in the care of their child or young person. We provide the care and support that they and their families need, wherever and whenever they need it – at the hospice in Trentham, or in their own home

We often fail to think about the impact a child’s illness can have on the whole family, who often themselves provide constant care around the clock. But with the help of the dedicated, specialist team at The Donna Louise none of our families need to go through this alone

Every moment a child spends with us is precious. We tailor our package of care to provide the best possible care and support, always shaped by the changing needs of the children and families that we serve, so that they feel informed supported and involved, to a level that suits their individual medical, emotional and spiritual needs

Our overarching aim is to bring our families a sense of normality, so often taken for granted by us all, to help them remember that they are parents first and foremost and carers second, which is sometimes forgotten or overlooked.

Below are links to our events and challenges which are a great way to raise funds for the hospice

Events Calendar

Challenges Calendar

Please take a couple of minutes to watch our video

The Donna Louise is belly laughs and best friends, it’s light in the darkest hour, it’s glitter and sparkle, Xbox and drums, it’s real understanding – it’s so much more than you think. Whatever our children, young people or families need, The Donna Louise is there. Wherever, whenever, always.

Visit our website to find out more about how you can get involved in making a difference: http://www.donnalouisetrust.org/what-you-can-do/ways-to-donate


Tree of Life

At Tree of Life we are passionate about helping to Make Health Easy for our customers, staff and our local community which is why we’re proud to sponsor the Potters ‘Arf Marathon 2018.

The UK’s largest wholesaler of natural, health and wellbeing products Tree of Life is based locally in Newcastle-under-Lyme and has been supplying to retailers large and small for over 20 years.

Stocking over 900 brands we provide our customers with access to a wide range of products including organic, gluten-free & free-from, healthy drinks, vitamins, minerals and supplements, sports nutrition and superfoods.

Our Tree of Life brand offers a broad range of products from store-cupboard essentials such as cereals, dried fruit and nuts, seeds and beans to Organic Superfoods to add a nutritional boost to meals and drinks, and Organic Snack Packs perfect for a healthy snack on the go. Tree of Life Gluten Free Organic Pasta and Sauces are made in Italy from the finest and freshest ingredients, reassuringly free from gluten, wheat, eggs and dairy without any compromise on taste.

Tree of Life Natural Spring Water is proud to be the official water supplier to the Potters ‘Arf 2018 keeping everyone healthy and hydrated along the course. It’s sure to be another great event and we’re looking forwards to cheering on all the entrants and inspiring our community to take part and enjoy the day!

Potters ‘Arf Marathon