Road Closure and Delays Notice for Potters ‘Arf Marathon

Residents across Stoke-on-Trent are being made aware of road closures and delays on Sunday 12 June, during the Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon.


Stoke-on-Trent will be hosting the 2022 edition of the Potters ‘Arf, which will welcome around 1700 runners / walkers who will take on the challenge of the hilly half marathon.


The race route passes many local businesses, so business owners are being asked to ensure where possible that employees park off the route and support this year’s race participants.


The iconic Potters ‘Arf marathon creates an amazing atmosphere and we would welcome businesses and homeowners along the route to help cheer on those that have entered the race.


The race will start and end in the city centre, with the route passing through Joiner’s Square, Fenton, Longton, Adderley Green, Bentilee, Bucknall, Abbey Hulton, Milton, Baddeley Green, Norton and Sneyd Green, finishing in Hanley.


Road closures


Due to the nature of the events and as in previous years, there will be a number of road closures and rolling closures taking effect at various times between 9.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday 12 June.


The City Council will complete a sweep of the course following the race, to ensure any litter is collected and event signage is taken down.


No on road parking will be permitted on the route while the race passes through the city. For route information please visit



The road closures are listed below:


RACE START: 10.00am


  • Full closure of Hanley Town Centre
  • Lane Closure on Potteries Way (inc. full closure for race start)
  • Full closure of A50 Lichfield Street
  • Full closure of A50 Victoria Road
  • Lane Closure on King Street from Victoria Place to Fenton Roundabout
  • Lane closure full length of King Street up to Times Square (all roads to the left closed)
  • Full closure of Market Street
  • Full closure of Anchor Road
  • Lane Closure on Dividy Road from bottom of Beverley Drive to Anchor Road roundabout
  • Full closure of Beverley Drive
  • Full closure of Malthouse Road
  • Full closure of Ruxley Road from and jnc. Malthouse Lane to and jnc. Townsend Place
  • Full closure of Fellbrook Lane
  • Full closure of Abbey Lane
  • Full closure of Abbey Road from junction of Abbey Road to junction with Leek Road
  • Lane closure of A5009 Leek Road (from and jnc. Abbey Road) to A5009 Adderley Green Lane (junction with Leonard Avenue)
  • Full closure of Leonard Avenue
  • Coning off of left hand lane of A53 Leek New Road from the junction of Leonard Avenue to the junction with Berwick Road
  • Full closure of Berwick Road from A53 to junction with Milton Road
  • Full closure of A5272 Hanley Road from junction of Milton Road to B5047 Town Road
  • Full closure of B5047 Town Road to Quadrant Road


Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said:


“To ensure the safety of all runners we have planned various temporary road closures for race day. We understand road delays can be frustrating, but safety of our participants is of course our priority. I’d love to see people from all around the city lining the streets on 12th June and offering support to those taking part. The Potters ‘Arf is a tough course and so support for those taking part is greatly welcomed.”


Potters ‘Arf stats:

  • The event began as the Potteries Marathon in 1982, which went on to become the Potters ‘Arf in 2005.
  • Since it began, more than 30,000 people have taken part in the Potters ’Arf.
  • It’s estimated that, since it began, the Potters ’Arf has raised more than £1 million for charities.
  • There are more than 80 volunteers who help on the day.
  • Runners drink around 8,600 bottles of water during the event.
  • Men’s course record was set in 2018 – Matt Clowes, Cardiff AAC, 1:06:53.
  • Women’s course record was set in 2015 – Michelle Ross-Cope, City Of Stoke AC, 1:14:31.
  • Around 1,700 people took part in the 2021 event.
  • The 2022 event is the 17th Potters ’Arf in its current form.

How to sign up: Runners, walkers, relay teams and junior race participants can sign up now at


Unaffiliated runner: (minimum age 17 years) £27.50
UKA affiliated runner: (minimum age 17 years) £25.50
Walker (minimum age 17 years) £24.50
Relay team of 2 to 4 people (minimum age 16 years) – £39
Junior (minimum age 5 years old, maximum age 16 years old – under 9s must be accompanied by a responsible adult 16+) £6.30
*All costs are subject to a website processing fee

Four events: Main race: 13.1-mile run. Participants gather at Huntbach Street in Hanley, where the buzz is amazing. After a short walk, they then start on Potteries Way at 10am to cheers from the supporters. There’s a great atmosphere, with encouragement from residents and our amazing team around the route. The event follows a well-marshalled route, finishing back in the city centre to more cheering crowds near the Sir Stanley Matthews statue.

Relay: There’s a brilliant relay team section for those who do not want to run the full 13.1 miles. This can be done in groups of between 2 and 4 so you can split the route up between you. It’s a great way of taking part, without having to run the full course. The stages for four runners range from 1.7miles to 4.7miles and are detailed on the race day information page.

Walk: 13.1-mile walk. Participants start at 8.30am, outside Marks and Spencers in Upper Market Square, Hanley. The walk has a fantastic atmosphere and, because you’ve set off earlier in the morning, you finish around the same time as the runners – to cheers from the crowds!

Junior race: The 1km and 2km junior race – starting at 10.20am – is for young people aged between five and 16 (under-9s must be accompanied by an adult). This provides a fantastic opportunity for children to take part and many previous entrants have gone on to take on the main event.

Prizes: Everyone who finishes receives a goody bag, as well as the special Potters ‘Arf medal, including time bonus ribbons. Winners’ trophy presentations take place after the event.

Hanley Economic Building Society: Hanley Economic Building Society remains as headline sponsor. As a local organisation, the company wants to support local people, local businesses and local events. The iconic Potters ‘Arf highlights Stoke-on-Trent like no other event. Hanley Economic supports the event with volunteers, promotion and running costs. For more information, click here.



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