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NEWS from William Sichel

by Press Release
Wednesday 14th November 2012
Tags  William Sichel   |   No Finish Line   |   6060   |   Myprotein

Orkney's William Sichel defends Monaco 8 Day endurance run title

Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel (59) will return to the Monaco “No Finish Line” 8 Day ultra marathon this week to defend the title he won there last year.

In last November’s race (which had over 6,000 participants) William won the event outright and set a new course record becoming the first person to cover more than 1000km/624 miles during this event.

Photos: William Sichel with Albert II Prince of Monaco and Charlene Princess of Monaco

The Monaco event will be started by Princess Stephanie of Monaco, at 1pm UK time on Saturday 17th. The final gun will be fired at 1pm UK time on Sunday 25th, after which, Albert II Prince of Monaco and Charlene Princess of Monaco, will present the prizes.Normally William and his team operate on a shoe-string budget for the race, but this year one of the world’s leading hotels – Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo will be sponsoring William and his support team’s participation in the event. William will also run for the Hotel Métropole team for the first time.

“It will be good to have some local support and back-up, as we usually operate in a very low key manner for this event.”

William is still looking for two more records to complete his Project 60@60.

“There will be a number of opportunities for records in Monaco but, because the course gets extremely crowded for long periods, especially at the weekends, it isn’t really conducive to record setting. Having said that, I’ll be doing my utmost to set more records.”

The 8 Day race is part of a huge festival of running which, last year, saw a total of over 6000 participants, lap the 1 mile circuit around the port in central Monaco, over the 8 day period.

Every lap completed generates one euro for children’s charities, donated by the Government of Monaco. The vast majority of participants come and go, during the 8 day period, amassing a huge sum for charity.

William is a member of the Orkney Athletic Club and is currently engaged in Project 60@60 in which he is attempting to have set 60 ultra distance records, at World, British and Scottish level, including age-groups, before his 60th birthday on October 1st 2013.

Currently William has set 58 records, including 6 World Age-Group records.

William would like to thank his crewmen Alan Young and Tim Rainey as well as blog master, Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe, from ULTRAFitnessTraining.com who will update William’s blog during the race – www.williamsichel.co.uk

William is grateful to sponsors Loganair, Myprotein and Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo.


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