The Millennium Way
Beyond Marathon are back with the 2nd edition of this (sold out event in 2014) on March 1st 2015 Based on the same format of our other (always sold out event) on The Gritstone Trail. We want an accessible, low key event without bells or whistles. We want to keep the cost down and the satisfaction level high. We now present a one-way run across the entire width of Staffordshire County. Entries open in September 2014!
In 2014 Beyond Marathon had an exciting sponsor in RacingThePlanet who are giving all of our participants a 15% discount at their online store. Read more about that here.
The Way for the Millennium is a national trail that was setup 14 years ago to celebrate the millennium, and is 56 kilometres long. You’ll park and register at Burton-on-Trent (Derbyshire border); Shobnall Leisure Complex and then board the coach for a the 38 mile trip to Newport (Shropshire border), and then 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 11 hours in which to do it too. Yes you did read that right, the course is essentially flat, for 38 miles. There is a miserable 220 metres 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 set a generous 11 hour time limit (3.3mph) 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 2013 Gristone Trail race will be repeated
- Low entry cost, but high quality support from experienced staff
- 15% discount code for the Racing The Planet online store
- Coach travel to the start line included
- Drinks and food at all checkpoints
- Drinks and food at the finish
- Certificate for all finishers
- Millennium Way route description provided
We have secured an exciting sponsorship from RacingThePlanet. RacingThePlanet is a global store that provide the best adventure racing and running kit sourced and reviewed by experts in the trail running field. On line experts can give you advice and can provide you with a customized kit lists tailored to the event you are doing. All participants in Beyond Marathon races are eligible for a one time 15% discount from the Racing the Planet store. You can read more about this here.