Right at the end of last year - on the 23rd December to be precise - we published our very first book, a collection of stories from the 2016 Potters 'Arf, Stoke-on-Trent's very own half marathon. We sold quite a few on Christmas Eve to Hanley parkrunners as last minute stocking fillers, and it's sold well since to local runners. Even though we say it ourselves, it is a lovely little book! As with most of our books, it's an anthology of writing from people participating in sport or exercise. The writing in this case includes some lovely poems too - one of which will be featuring on the 2017 race T-shirt!
The stories (over 20 of them) are from every perspective of the race - the runners (and walkers) of course, but also the race director, the race secretary, marshals, volunteers, and others. And plenty of photos too, plus the wonderful cover image, commissioned especially for the book from local artist Gaz Williams. Gaz is our go-to artist for book covers - he also did the cover for Sporting Stories Stoke-on-Trent and we're currently sitting on a small stack of artwork ready for our forthcoming books on the 2016 Cat & Fiddle Cycle Challenge and a book of swimming poetry.
But back to the Potters Arf. It was great to be able to do the 2016 book and to have the support of the race organiser, sponsors and charities. So much so that we''re doing it all over again for the 2017 race! See more here. We'll be commissioning a new cover, featuring the female winner, and looking for a whole new set of stories and poems of the race.
You can buy your own copy of the Potters 'Arf 2016 book here.