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.
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