The Potters 'Arf 2016 Book

To celebrate the 2016 Potters 'Arf, which takes place in Stoke-on-Trent's 'European City of Sport' year, Hanley-based social enterprise Cox Bank Publishing is producing a celebratory book on the event - written by you!  So get ready to put your race day stories down on paper as soon as you can after you've cooled down from that impressive sprint finish on the 12th June...

Cox Bank Publishing are looking for short stories which capture your memories of the day, your training mishaps or adventures, what inspired you to enter, why you run (or walk - still 13.1 miles of brave effort), who you're running for - anything and everything that captures the spirit of the 'Arf.  We're including the junior race too - so no excuse for the young runners not to practice their writing skills!

Spectators, race volunteers and local writers will be contributing their words too, but you - the runners - are the ones out there shedding blood, sweat and tears for the cause. Well, we hope just sweat and the odd tear, but you know what we mean.  We'd love to hear your voice through your words and pictures (photos, drawings or paintings capturing your day are equally welcome!). A 20 word poem is fine, or anything up to a 2,000 word story - it's up to you.

All contributions will be published on Cox Bank Publishing's website and the best ones submitted by midnight on 26th May will be published in The Potters 'Arf 2016 book.  Note that by "best" we mean funny, sad, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable, or just plain entertaining - your words, about your experience.

The book will go on sale during the summer and all proceeds will be split equally between three local charities: The Donna Louise Trust, the Douglas MacMillan Hospice and the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation.

There'll be more information about the book on the race website nearer the day, but if you want to know more, then contact Peter Hooper (who'll also be running with you on the day) at