Race Day

The race follows a well marshalled course with excellent spectator support and a great atmosphere! You’ll be running under UK Athletics rules and a UKA licence.


Bag Storage: Available in the ground floor of the Potteries Shopping Centre which is located in the centre of Hanley

Changing Areas: Located inside the Marquee in the Centre of Hanley outside “Primark”

Toilets: Portable toilets are located a few metres away from the Changing areas extra toilets are available in the Indoor Market (Lower floor of the Intu Shopping Centre).

Toilets on route : Lifestyle Fitness, Victoria Road (approx 3 miles) and 1766 Leek Road (opposite the Creme)

Food: There a couple of outlets in the vicinity of the start and finish area for takeaway drinks and food for both runners and spectators

Race Headquarters: On the day you will be able to contact an official at race headquarters which will be located in the Hanley Economic Building Society, Lamb Street, opposite Primark in the centre of Hanley, close to the baggage and changing areas. Telephone Number: 07808 045586

Start Times
Walkers: 09:00 – Start Outside Marks and Spencers
Runners & Relays: 10:30 – Hanley Town Centre
Junior Race:
10:50 – Start Outside Marks and Spencers

Don’t forget this year we have a mass warm up hosted by Nuffield Health, Fitness and Wellbeing at 10:00 in Hanley Town Centre just before the start of the runners and relay teams

Finishers’ Bag: Every finisher of the Potters Arf Marathon will receive a commemorative package containing

  • Medal
  • Hi-tech running shirt
  • Wade ceramic coaster
  • Energy boosting Flap Jack from Wrights Pies
  • Steelite International Ceramic Plate
  • Organic Energy Boost snack from Tree of Life

Runners finishing within two hours will receive a special time bonus medal, all other runners receive a Finishers Medal

The male and female overall winners will receive a bespoke hand decorated Winners’ Cup manufactured by Emma Bridgewater Pottery alongside the Winning Prizes

Winners’ Presentation: This will take place at race headquarters inside the Branch of The Hanley Economic Building Society in Lamb Street, opposite Primark at 1pm, everyone is welcome

Prize Structure:

  • 1st Male and Female – £200
  • 2nd Male and Female – £150
  • 3rd Male and Female – £100
  • 4th and 5th place in the race will receive sports vouchers courtesy of VeloRunner
  • 1st Veteran in each group will win £20 cash plus sports voucher courtesy of VeloRunner
  • 1st Male and Female teams (4 to count) will receive a Wade Vase

Race Route

Potters 'Arf Race Route

Runners Timetable

Below are the estimated times of the first and last runners to pass landmarks along the route.

Start 10.30am

Location First Last
Roundabout Potteries Way,Lichfield St. 10:36 10:43
Roundabout Lichfield St/Leek Road 10:38 10:48
Junction Victoria Rd/City Road 10:45 11:05
Longton Town Centre 10:52 11:20
Anchor Rd/Dividy Rd 10:58 11:33
Dividy Road,Beverley Drive 11:00 11:37
Beverley Dr/Malthouse Rd 11:08 12:05
Werrington Road 11:10 12:09
Abbey Road/Leek Road 11:14 12:18
Milton Crossroads 11:20 12:32
Leonard Ave/Leek New Road 11:22 12:37
Norton Lane/Leek New Road 11:25 12:44
Leek New Road/Berwick Road 11:28 12:50
Milton Road/Hanley Road 11:32 12:58
Chell St/Town Road 11:34 13:03
Finish 11:37 13:10


Junior Fun Run

The Junior Run starts outside Marks and Spencers at 10:50 am. Please wear your race number on your front so we can give you a name check when you finish.

The route starts in Parliament Row then takes a right into Old Hall Street, right into Cheapside, right into Parliament Row, left into Stafford Street, right into Lamb Street then left into the finish by Sir Stanley Mathews Statue.

You will then receive your medal. The event in chip timed so you will be able to look at the results on our website.

Good luck to all.


Directions to Race Village

From the South: Leave the M6 at Junction 15 on to the A500. Follow signs for City Centre (Hanley), then follow signs for The Potteries Shopping Centre

From the North: Leave the M6 at Junction 16 on to the A500. Follow signs for City Centre (Hanley), then follow signs for The Potteries Shopping Centre

From the East: On the A50 follow signs for the A500. Follow signs for City Centre (Hanley), then follow signs for The Potteries Shopping Centre

From the West: Follow signs for the A500. Follow signs for City Centre (Hanley), then follow signs for The Potteries Shopping Centre

Multi Storey car park: Entrances to the car park can be found on Bryan Street and Quadrant Road.

Long stay car park: Entrance to the long stay car park can be found on Bryan Street.

By Train: The nearest railway station is Stoke-on-Trent. There are regular train services from Crewe, Derby, Macclesfield, Stafford and Wolverhampton. From there you can catch one of the many frequent buses from the bus stop outside the station, the journey time being less than 10 minutes

Potters ‘Arf Marathon