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NEWS from William Sichel

by Press Release
Thursday 10th January 2013
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Orkney’s William Sichel sets 60th record and is runner-up in Monaco 8 Day epic

Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel (59) was runner-up (1st in his age group) in last weeks Monaco “No Finish Line” 8 Day endurance run, recording a personal best distance of 633.62 miles, just 13.5 miles behind the eventual winner Didier Sessegolo.

William had dramatically closed the gap, from a peak of well over 30 miles, in the closing stages, but eventually ran out of time to catch the 48 year old Frenchman.

In the closing stages William broke the British and Scottish, age group, 1000km/621.37 miles record he had set last year, by a margin of over 78 minutes, recording 7days 19hours 31minutes 43seconds.

For some years William has been 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.

William running in Monaco and setting the new 1000km records in Monaco

Photos: William running in Monaco and setting the new 1000km records in Monaco

These 1000km records marked his 59th and 60th records thus achieving his target 10 months ahead of schedule.

“It’s fantastic to have got the 60 records so far ahead of my 60th birthday – it hasn’t sunk in yet. Also to still be setting personal bests at my age is really quite something – it was a huge effort over so many days. I’m looking forward to a bit of a rest now.”

William was running for charity as part of the Hotel Metropole Fashion Team, and they won the team event with a combined total of 9042.2 miles to which William's distance will have been no small contribution.

This year’s event reached new heights of popularity with over 8700 people buying a chip to run laps of the 1300 metre course around the new pier in the centre of Monaco. A record total of 275,000 euros were raised for children’s charities.

Presentations were made by Charlene Princess of Monaco.

Running CV

William Sichel took up ultra marathon running in 1994, following some success at ‘ordinary’ marathon running. He enjoyed instant success, winning the Scottish 100km (62 miles) Championships in July of that year.

He went on to get his first Scottish vest in 1995 and his Great Britain call-up in 1996 and represented GB in all European and World 100km Championships through the 90’s. He also won the British Championships and the World Age-Group Championships at the 100km distance.

During the early part of the 2000’s he focused on 24 hour races, being ranked in the World Top 10 for two years. Sichel had outright 24 hour wins in Switzerland, the USA and the UK. He also tackled some classic ultra distance events including the Spartathlon (twice) – 153 miles from Athens to Sparta, setting a Scottish event record and the World’s hottest race, the Badwater Ultra marathon, through Death Valley in California, setting a British event record.

In 2006 he had a winning debut in his first 6 Day race, in Monaco and became the overall World No1 in that event, for that year. Since then, multi-day races, up to 1000 miles in length, have become his specialty and he remains unbeaten in 3, 7 and 8 day races to date.

For some years Sichel has been engaged in Project 60@60 in which he was 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. The two 1000km records, achieved in Monaco in November 2012, marked his 59th and 60th records thus achieving his target 10 months ahead of schedule. Full details are provided HERE.

Now this target has been achieved, he will at some point announce a new record target, taking him up to the age of 65.

The Scotsman newspaper described me as a "role model for the middle aged”.

For William’s full running CV click here

 

William would like to thank his crewmen Alan Young and Tim Rainey as well as blog master, Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe, from ULTRAFitnessTraining.com who updated his blog during the race. William is grateful to sponsors Loganair, Myprotein and Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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