Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel (62) was 17th male finisher in the British 100km Championships held in Perth, Scotland and claimed the runner-up prize in the over 60 division.
William completed the 42 lap race, around Perth’s North Inch Park, in 10 hours, 13 minutes and 37 seconds to record his fastest 100km for 14 years, the last time he tackled one of these events. William passed the marathon point in 3 hours 47 minutes and the 50km half-way mark in 4 hours 32 minutes, then hung on to complete the 62.2 mile event, his 98th ultra marathon.
“I was pleased that I could still be competitive in my age-group at these ‘short’ ultra marathons as I’m best at multiday events these days. The race was hard in a different sort of way compared to my really long races. It was also great to meet up with many of the new generation of ultra runners coming into the sport.”
William has currently set 181 running records at World, British and Scottish level, including age-group records. His shortest record is an age-group one for 30 miles on the track and his longest is an overall British record for 3100 miles/5000km on the road.
William hopes that the current records he has set, which are all meticulously documented on his web site, www.williamsichel.co.uk , will all be broken and will act as goals, motivation and incentives to the current and future generations of runners.
William completed his last record project, Project165 in November last year and will announce a new record project later this year.