After recovering from last summer’s 3100 mile race in New York - the world’s longest certified footrace - William Sichel, 61, said he has no plans to retire and is preparing for his next challenge. Sichel is working on Project165.com, in which he is attempting to set 165 records before his 65th birthday in October 2018.
William Sichel’s performance at the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race in New York resulted in the Orkney-based ultra runner laying claim to 58 new records, including 8 World Age-Group records. In completing the 3100 mile event inside the 52 day limit, Sichel became the first person over 60 to ever successfully finish the race.
Understandably, his exertions required some recovery time: “I didn't put any pressure on myself at all and only returned to exercise when I felt like it, which was after 2 and a half weeks of relaxation. I did a lot of beach walking and enjoyed the lovely, comfortable weather after the months of muggy heat in New York. Returning to normal life was quite amusing as I had experienced such an odd life for two months running laps around Queens in New York. I hadn't done anything except walk and run for so long that even making myself a cup of tea made me smile.”
Looking ahead, William said he will concentrate on improving his speed by focusing on slightly shorter distances: “I used to be pretty fast with a 2:38 marathon and a 7 hours 7 minute 100 kilometre best. I always enjoyed the exhilaration of running fast and hard. I'm currently in the middle of a six month period of intensive training with plans for some shorter races including a 40 mile track race in Wales that I last ran 10 years ago.”