Sunday saw runners, walkers and spectators coming from far and wide to take part in the Potters ‘Arf Marathon 2019.
With fingers crossed on the weather-front in the lead up, there was nothing to worry about as it was bright day. A warm but very comfortable temperature greeted those dotted about the town carrying out their stretching and warm up rituals.
Our Hanley branch opened at 8am for entrants to collect their badges and to welcome the influx of those looking to sign up on the day. Anticipation and excitement was rife throughout the city as participants turned up with their family and friends.
The first male winner was Matt Clowes, he won it for the second year and came in at 1-07-17. The first female winner was Polly keen who got a time of 1-23-08.
David Lownds Head of Marketing and Business Development ran the race once again, he said:
Whilst my personal performance in this years race wasn’t as good as I expected having picked up knee, calf and a hamstring injury before Anchor road the experience was as great as ever.
The support around the course is second to none when it comes to city based half marathons, there’s certainly no shortage of jelly babies, oranges, impromptu water stations and the odd hose pipe to aid runners. This year, with the introduction of introducing the runners name onto the race number made the support extra personal.
To cap off the event, we were gifted a ceramic medal on the finishing line, very fitting for the Potteries event!
Some participants returned to the branch to watch the awards ceremony. Awards given out to tired but happy finishers included bronze Gluggle jugs courtesy of Wade ceramics, two trophies from Emma Bridgwater; a beautifully decorated women’s and men’s trophy. You can find a list of the results by clicking here.