The Potters ‘Arf Is Back And Alextra Are Taking On The Challenge

Since 1982, the Potters ‘Arf has been an iconic local event held every year in the heart of the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent.

This challenging 13.1 mile course, complete with the aptly named “Heartbreak Hill” section is being held in June and is sure to attract runners from all across the country. A team of 12 from Alextra will be taking on the challenge and are ready to tackle the half marathon to help raise money for Douglas Macmillan Hospice, known locally as the Dougie Mac.

Dougie Mac is the only hospice in Staffordshire supporting children, young adults and adults alike. Care is given to patients who are living with a life-limiting illness each year in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and surrounding villages. The charity has been caring for the community since 1973 and is a well worthwhile cause.

Alextra Manager Liam Clay commented: “Running is a bit of a hobby of mine and having previously taken on a half marathon last year, I decided this year to take on the Potters ‘Arf.

The discussion started as a chat amongst colleagues on a Friday afternoon and now we have a team of 12 entering which is fantastic! It is known locally for its phenomenal Stokie support and looks to be a great day.

We have all been training together attending the local park runs and will continue to do so in the run up to June. My personal challenge is to complete the run in under 1.45 hours.

The added benefit of taking on this challenge is that we get to raise funds for Dougie Mac, who have supported mine and a number of my colleague’s families. I am sure some of my colleagues will agree, this run is sure to be a physical challenge, but it should all be worth it to experience the finish line atmosphere in the city centre and be a part of raising money for Dougie Mac.”

If you would like to get involved and help support Alextra with their fundraising, please visit the Alextra Just Giving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alextragroup