William Sichel’s performance at the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race in New York has resulted in the Orkney-based ultra runner laying claim to 58 new records, including 8 World Age-Group records, after becoming the first British runner to finish the World's Longest Certified Footrace. In completing the 3100 event inside the 52 day limit, Sichel became the first person over 60 to ever successfully finish the race.
The records cover distances from 500 miles to 5000 kms/3100 miles and are at the Scottish Over 60, Scottish Overall, British Over 60, British Overall and World Over 60 levels. This latest record haul brings William's total number of ultra distance running records to 155 and a huge step closer to achieving his goal of 165 records before his 65th birthday in 2018.
William told scottishrunningguide.com: “Ironically my third 1000 mile time of 15 days 09 hours 07 minutes 20 seconds is faster than the current World Age-Group record but it doesn't count, because it must be the first 1000 miles in a race and not a later split.”
“I ran the race the wrong way round, running the second half faster than the first by 3 days 9 hours. It made it harder for me but it was just the way it turned out. I didn't know that was how it would turn out. I gradually adapted to the rhythm and the demands of the event and improved as time passed.”
William hopes to have highlighted the benefits of exercise for the over 60s as well as raise money for the CLAN cancer support charity, with over £8000 having been raised so far. You can visit his justgiving page here.