In short: Hard, Hilly and Amazing In full: This was my first potteries Arf marathon, I've ran the full marathon 4 times in the past so I knew the course was going to be tough. I was hoping for a sub 2 hour run ( I've ran Lichfield and Stafford halfs in 1:55 this year),this was not to be my finishing time of 02:11 was a disappointment. My disappointment was soon put to one side when I thought back to the race and the amazing crowd, it feels as though the whole city comes out to support the race. I was clapped and cheered the whole route, the homemade drink/sweet stations were a life saver and the 70's disco garden party at 10 miles made me smile. The course is full of tough hills and very, very tough on the legs. I will be back for more next year hoping finishing in under 2 hours. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: The highlight of my running year...again! In full: At first glance, the rough urban landscape of inner Stoke-on-Trent coupled with torturous uphill climbs scattered throughout the race, one could be forgiven for thinking this is a race you should give a miss to. However, to do so would mean you missing out on an absolute highlight of a runner's year.
The slick organisation, the excellent marshalling and above all the AMAZING support throughout the race make this a real "must do" event. By the time you have scaled Milton Road (at 11.5 miles) you will feel like a proper runner, however fast or slow you have got to that point. And the finish down past Sir Stan and into the Potteries cannot be beaten (even by London's famous sprint down the Mall).
I may have run more picturesque courses, and I may have finally broken the 3-hour marathon time this year, but yet again running the Potters 'Arf is my favourite run of the year.
In short: great race a few hills to test you,well worth the effort In full: A great race normally run in the sunshine,but this year was run in the rain and wind but did not deter from being a good run... Date of review: August 8, 2011
In short: Usually well supported race, slightly let down by unseasonable rain. In full: Having run this race in 2010 and being impressed by the crowd support this year didn't quite meet the same standard of support, but only because of some unseasonable rain which undoubtedly kept a few of the usual supporters indoors. Date of review: June 23, 2011
In short: Well supported, well organised race! In full: This was my first half marathon and I was really worried about the hills, I managed Anchor Road without walking, but I didn't even attempt to run up Milton Road. The weather was awful, but there was still plenty of support from the public. Very well organised, regular water stops, good marshalling and generous good bag at the end of the race! Good value for money. My partner was disappointed that he ran within the time to get a silver medal but there were none left, so he emailed them and they sent him one in the post. I finished in 2hrs 15mins and I'm looking forward to my next half marathon in October. The Potters 'Arf it's a punishing but also rewarding race, and I hope to run it again in the future! Well done to everyone involved! Date of review: June 23, 2011
In short: Great Race. Sneaky hills. Well worth doing. Will be back next year!!! In full: Great race. Was my first Potters Arf and got a personal best, despite the couple of hills!! Will defietly be back next year to beat my time. Beware heartbreak hill at the end, not as long as you think but very steep!! Great atmosphere despite the constant rain. Thanks for a great day!! Date of review: June 18, 2011
In short: Hilly, wet & windy In full: Even though it rained all morning, the people of Stoke were still there to support us mad fools running in the rain. It is a wonderful challenging race which is well organised with a superb goody bag of a T shirt, plate & medal. Well done Stoke and all involved in organising such a great event. Date of review: June 16, 2011
In short: Great atmosphere despite the non stop rain In full: Somehow managed to knock 4 mins off my PB so really enjoyed the event. The rain ensured that there weren't as many spectators this year but their enthusiasm was as great as ever. Well organaised & enjoyable, will be back next year for my fourth time. Date of review: June 15, 2011