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The Millennium Way Ultra

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March 5th 2023 

The perfect first-time ultra race. Easy to find your way and includes GPS tracking.

Beyond Marathon are back with the 10th edition of this 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 have still kept the cost down 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.

41 miles for the low entry price of only £29. We have actually reduced this by £3 for 2023 in light of the curent economic climate. Coach travel is £8.50 if required (this covers the exact cost of the coach)

Entry includes both RFID chip timing and live GPS Tracking by 

No other race will give you tracking and chip timing for this. It is unbeatable value!

The Way for the Millennium is a national trail that was setup 23 years ago to celebrate the millennium, and is 41 miles long.

From Newport to Burton on Trent in a leisurely 12 hours. The course is essentially flat, for 41 miles. There is a few hundred feet of climbing on the whole course. 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.  It is the perfect first time ultra!


The Millennium Way begins in Newport. The first 12 miles follows an old train line through Gnosall, Haughton and Derrington into Stafford where you will find the first manned checkpoint at Castletown car park.

Next is a small city centre park and a short trip into the centre of Stafford where you join the River Sow briefly before joining the Staffordshire and Shropshire canal which goes through the magnificent Shugborough Estate. You’ll be treated to a magnificient view of the National Trust property.

​Soon after you join the Rivert Trent and Trent and Mersey Canal.  You remain on the river through Colwich and  at mile 21  you will find the second manned checkpoint at Wolseley Bridge.  You continue along the river into Rugeley, and leave the riverside just at mile 26 at Mavesyn Ridware, heading over fields and a brief section of road to Nethetown and then into Yoxall, where the find the final manned CP  (CP1 on MWB) in the playing fields just before the Village.

You will run close to the River Swabourn for a few miles into Wychnor where you find the  You rejoin the Trent and Mersey Canal for the last 7 miles, past Barton-under-Needwood and into Burton-upon-Trent to reach the finish at Meadowide Leisure Complex.

The route is mostly flat, with only 257 m of ascent.  In fact you could argue it’s mostly downhill, see above!

The 2023 participant guide can be downloaded here

Register for March 5th 2023 Millennium Way

  • Ticket Price £29.00 (reduced by £3 for 2023. It all helps!). Registration in Newport

  • Optional coach travel from Burton to registration in Newport. £8.50


Your booking includes:

  • TrackTrail® GPS Tracker Hire

  • Electronic RFID chip timing 

  • Checkpoints: water/snacks

  • Downloadable finishers certificate

  • Optional medal can be purchased when booking (£5.50)

  • Experienced race director, over 100 races

  • Our events include 5 million pounds PLI insurance

  • Paramedic support



Refund Policy

  • No deferrals are permitted

  • You can transfer your place to person that you find yourself. Transfer using's transfer function. Once the recipient pays, you will be refunded. Merchandise is not refunded by Etchrock but is transferred to the recipient. You may have to agree a private sale if you wish to recoup those costs. merchandise sizes cannot be changed. Whatever you originally ordered will be given to the recipient at the finish

  • No refunds unless the event is cancelled

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