10 Mar

Mud And Floods At The Millennium Way Ultra

action from the Millennium Way Ultra
Waterlogged fields,wintry showers and mud failed to deter the 119 runners who lined up for the start of the Millennium Way Ultra on Sunday 6 March 2016. This was the third year for this increasingly popular event, organised by Beyond Marathon as part of their ultramarathon series.

The Millennium Way Ultra is 41 miles in total, starting from Newport, Shropshire and finishing in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. A flat, waymarked course with a generous 12-hour time limit, ideal for ultra first-timers. The route was a mixture of old railway lines, canal towpaths, public footpaths and fields.

Alastair Payne took first place in a time of 5:54:51 followed by Martin Bailey in 5:57:03 and Mark Bissett in 6:07:26. Helen Corrin was first lady in 6:28:58 with Melissa Arkinstall in 7:15:25 and Lesley Wall in 7:36:42.

Three well-stocked checkpoints at 11, 21 and 31 miles kept the runners fuelled and hydrated: however, one female runner chose an ‘unusual’ energy drink via a local pub at Checkpoint 3. This lady and her companion were running the event for the Walsall based charity – PROUD (Parents Relatives And Others Understanding Down’s) that aims to raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome.

More information about Beyond Marathon events is available on their website.