Orkney-based ultra runner William Sichel completed the British Ultra Fest 6 Day track race in Abingdon, near Oxford, last weekend recording 515.70 miles over the 6 days, finishing just behind overall winner Didier Sessegolo of France who covered 533 miles. William recorded seven new track records at World, British and Scottish level, the highlight being a new World age-group record for the over 55s at six days.
The 59-year-old said afterwards: "I was really keen to do a big performance in this event as it was the first one for 23 years to be held in the UK. I am delighted that I was able to pull it off, very satisfying and a big boost as I head for my 60th birthday.
William is now looking to recover from his exertions: "Recovery really does have to be taken seriously. It's more like recovering from a road accident or an expedition than a sporting event. Loads of rest and massage, extra sleep and I find my appetite is about doubled for a week following the race. The main change I have noticed over the years, however, is that I recover quicker now than before which is encouraging."
The event had a field of 24 starters from 14 countries, with Sessegolo's performance taking him to number 1 in the world rankings and Sichel rising to number 3. A number of national records were set in both the men's and women's categories.
For more information, visit the British Ultra Fest website.