Beyond Marathon are back with the 5th birthday edition of this “always a sell-out” event! Based on the same format of our other “Trail in a Day” event, The Gritstone Trail. We have created accessible, low key event with the focus on running. We still kept the cost down (58p a mile!) and the satisfaction level is always high. It’s a great ultra to start with because it is flat and the time limit is very generous.
Since 2017, due to the demand we now present two one-way runs across the entire width of Staffordshire County; The Millennium Way (Newport to Burton), and The Millennium Way Back (Burton to Newport).
Each event has a stand-alone medal you can opt for when you register. If you complete both events, the special medals interlock to produce a unique Double-Finish medal!
The Way for the Millennium is a national trail that was setup 15 years ago to celebrate the millennium, and is now 41 miles long.
For the Millennium Way in March, you’ll park and register at Burton-on-Trent (Derbyshire border); Shobnall Leisure Complex and then board the coach for a the 41 mile trip to Newport itself (on the Shropshire border).
For the Millennium Way Back, in April, you’ll park and register at Newport Cosy Hall, and then board the coach for a the 41 mile trip to Burton on Trent.
You’ll run as fast as your little legs will carry you along the pretty much flat course all the way back to your car. You have a leisurely 12 hours in which to do it too. Yes you did read that right, the course is essentially flat, for 41 miles. There is a miserable 300ft of climbing on the whole course. Beyond Marathon are normally well known for tough hilly events, so we’ve gone soft on this one. Well, we like to throw you a bone now and again. Just this once mind you. The next event we setup; we’ll ensure there’s 5 miles of vertical to make amends for this.
Why is it flat? Well, it’s following old train lines and waterways for pretty much the whole route. It is virtually all trail, canal path or trail. There is so little road it’s not worth a mention.
We have extended out the already super-generous time limit by a full extra hour – giving you a 12 hour time limit (3.4mph average speed) this is a great choice if you are either:
- Looking to clock a fast time
- New to ultramarathons
We’ll feed and water you along the way, at each of three manned checkpoints too. Our successful formula for the similar sell-out, The Gristone Grind Trail race has been repeated.
- Low entry cost, but high quality support from experienced race director and volunteers
- Coach travel to the start line included
- Drinks and food at all checkpoints
- Drinks and food at the finish
- Professional chip-timing solution
- Certificate for all finishers, emailed after the event
- Millennium Way route description provided
- The option to order a high quality event T-Shirt
- The option to order a medal
- The option to be tracked via Race Drone GPS Event Tracking
- Paramedic Support