In the course of the last 50 days, various sporting events have occurred: Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title, Germany prevailed in an enthralling World Cup, while Glasgow hosted what is roundly regarded as the most successful Commonwealth Games to date.
Throughout all of this, William Sichel has been running: running, on average, 60 miles per day en route to complete the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race in New York. Orkney-based Sichel, now 60, crossed the finish line in a time of 50 days, 15 hours six minutes and four seconds. The race, which began on 15 June, was won by Ukranian Sarvagata Ukrainskyi in just over 44 days.
Sichel’s performance at the event means he has raced further in a single, measured race than any other UK runner and has subsequently set new records as British M60, British Overall and World M60 levels.
Leading up to the event, Sichel, who boasts a wealth of experience in endurance running, said he expected this to be his toughest challenge to date: “It’s just relentless. You get up every morning and there’s a monkey in the corner: 109, 110 laps, you know. And you say ‘oh God’. But you try not to think about it too much — don’t obsess about the laps.”
Just to round off his achievement, Sichel ran a further 13 laps—after the race was completed—to take his total distance to 5,000km: a statistic that will surely make you push for that extra mile on your weekend run!