In short: Tricky course but great atmosphere! In full: I was really nervous about running this having read all the reviews about the hills. That hill at 11.5 was a killer but the brilliant support from the people of Stoke made it all worthwhile! And I somehow came away with a new PB! One of the best half marathons I've done and I'll definitely be back next year! Date of review: June 15, 2012
In short: well supported In full: well done folks of hanley you did you area proud magnificent support throughout great event i'll be back next time i'm after the silver medal Date of review: June 11, 2012
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.