Ultra marathon running star William Sichel is preparing to set off to Norway for his latest test of endurance, the Bislett 24 Hour Indoor Challenge. Sichel will be part of a field of 175 competitors who will all be aiming to amass as many miles as possible within a full day of running, with the Orkney-based athlete hoping this event will assist him in achieving his goal of setting 750 running records at World, British and Scottish level.
Scheduled for Saturday 25 November at 10am, competitors will accumulate their miles on a 546m indoor lap that is located underneath the famous Bislett Atheltics Stadium where the IAAF Golden League competition takes place every year.
The setting will be familiar to Sichel, who, two years ago, covered 100 miles in 19 hours 56 minutes and achieved 114.82 miles in the 24 hours. While Sichel is now in his 65th year, he is aiming to improve on these stats and, considering his rapidly expanding feats of endurance in his later years, few would bet against him.
On this weekend’s event, Sichel commented: “I ran at this venue two years ago when doing the 48 Hour race, which has now been discontinued. I enjoyed the location and found the race to be very well organised and convenient to do. There aren’t many indoor races so it’s a good opportunity to tackle indoor records.”
Keep an eye out for our report on Sichel’s performance in Oslo early next week.