Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel has announced his race programme for 2015 in his attempts to set 165 records before his 65th birthday. As part of this year’s schedule, Sichel, 61, has committed to tackling the World’s highest ultra marathon - ‘The High’ - in the Himalayas.
Sichel enjoyed an incredibly successful 2014, which culminated in him completing the 3100 Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race in New York. The athlete covered the distance in less than 52 days, and in doing so, laid claim to 58 new records, including 8 World Age-Group records.
With an average altitude of 14,500 feet/4400 metres and with two mountain passes to tackle at 18,000 feet/5500 metres, (almost 3½ miles high), the Himalayan challenge is shaping up to be similarly difficult. Sichel said: “This event will take me right out of my comfort zone as I have never trained or competed at any kind of altitude before. There will be a lot to consider with regards to health and performance at heights like that. I will need to prepare very carefully and seek advice from those with previous experience.”
Sichel will open his season by returning to the Barry 40 Mile track race in South Wales on March, a race he last attempted 12 years ago. Then follows a two-week warm weather training spell in Lanzarote before the World 6 Day Trophy in Balaton, Hungary fro 6 to 12 May.
As part of his Project165.com, Sichel also hopes to highlight the benefits of exercise for the over 60s as well as raise money for the CLAN cancer support charity, with over £10,000 raised already. More information is available here.