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NEWS from Orkney's William Sichel

by Press Release
Monday 2nd December 2013
 
 

Athlete news: Orkney's William Sichel runner-up in disrupted Monaco 8 Day race

Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel came second overall (first over 60) with 533.57 miles over the 8 Days run around the harbour in Monaco (www.nofinishline.com). 

William will claim eight Scottish and one British age-group records achieved during the race.

Over 9100 runners took part in the whole event which raised almost 300,000 Euros for children's charities.

The race was halted on the Monday night when Cyclone Cleopatra hit the port area of Monaco wrecking part of the course. When a tower collapsed, crushing a row of toilet cubicles and a car, the authorities moved in to halt the race as it was unsafe to continue.

Destruction in Monaco. William Sichel - second overall and first over 60!

Photos: Destruction in Monaco. William Sichel - second overall and first over 60!

“It was a bizarre situation as when the race was stopped we had no idea when it would resume.  We went back to our hotel and awaited news of a re-start which came the next morning.”

William lost 12 hours of the event which completely altered the race and ruled out chances for any World Age-Group Records.  “I had to re-assess my goals for the event so that I knew what I was doing.”

The race was subsequently hit by torrential rain which rendered part of the course almost impassable, due to flooding, for some hours.  There were also major issues with the computer system at the race which meant that very few distance updates were available to runners during the race.

“All in all a very difficult and unusual race!  Finishing second to Didier Sessegolo, for the the third time, is no disgrace, as he is a worthy World No 1 for this year.  I should hang on to my overall World No 3 ranking which isn't bad for an over 60 year old!”

William now has a short break before heading across the 'pond', just after Christmas, for a very competitive Phoenix 6 Day race in Arizona.

William is just starting Project165.com in which he will attempt to have set 165 ultra running records before his 65th birthday on October 1st 2018. These records will be at World, British and Scottish level, including age groups, in certified races on road, track or indoor courses.  Amongst William's current records he holds seven world age-group records including the fastest time to run 1000 miles.

William is dedicating Project165.com to raise funds for CLAN Cancer Support and his dedicated web page can be found here: www.justgiving.com/William-Sichel

William is grateful to main sponsors Orkney Micro Renewables and the Orkney Islands Council.

Find out more at www.williamsichel.co.uk or Facebook: www.facebook.com/WilliamSichelAthlete

 

Men's results

1 Didier SESSEGOLO 900 km
2 William SICHEL 862 km
3 Manuel DA CUNHA 827 km

 

Women's results

1 Mimi CHEVILLON 716 km
2 Catherine PERREAU MASSIF 646 km
3 Annick FOUCHARD DJEBLI 628 km

 

Click here for full results

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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