May 112015
 

Internet problems here are still making posting difficult but here’s a round-up of the latest news from the race.

Here’s a breakdown from Alan of how William did during the first four days.

Day 1 – 173 km / 107.5 miles
Day 2 – 120 km / 74.5 miles
Day 3 – 107 km / 66.5 miles
Day 4 – 76 km / 47 miles

As you can see, William’s daily mileage fell considerably – and far more than we would have hoped or expected. Usually William is a remarkably consistent runner and would be aiming (and achieving) a high daily total throughout the race.

Midway through day 3, William developed very painful shin and ankle problems. I don’t have any real details other than that although this doesn’t seem to be a serious injury, it has impacted on his performance considerably.

William was forced to abandon running altogether and only walk on day Day 4 (the results of which can be seen in the figures above).

William - forced to walk, but not giving up.

William – forced to walk, but not giving up.

Prior to the shin & ankle problem, William had not been lower than the top eight at any stage of the race, and was the firm leader in his age group (M60). As I type, William has dropped down to number 31 position. But characteristically, William isn’t going to quit if he’s still able to put one foot in front of the other.

As Gyula in Hungary wrote :

“William Sichel, one of the most experienced multiday athletes in the field, had a terrible day 3 and day 4 with plenty of problems to solve …. but his stamina is simply compelling. He never gives up races and won’t break this great habit in Balatonfüred. According to him, if the race turns bad and the predetermined goal cannot be reached, you still have the chance to learn from the situation and to train for the next race.”

Which pretty much sums up our racing philosophy really.

William reaching 500km / 310.5 miles

After resting the shin and ankle during a longer break, William manged to push on to reach the 500 km point. And naturally, he kept going.

As I type, we are 5 hrs and 40 mins into the last day of the race. William has currently covered 519km / 322.5 miles and will aim to carry on until the finish.

Just for once, this performance won’t be winning William a place on the podium – but it will earn him the satisfaction of knowing that he achieved everything he could this time round.

More soon.

 

May 102015
 
William at 6am Friday

William at 6am Friday

Apologies for the erratic posts, we’ve been having some internet connection problems. Here goes with some updates.

Things have been going well in Balaton. This year’s field for the 6-Day World Trophy is arguably the strongest EVER entered in a single race. While individual athletes have produced astounding performances, there has possibly never been a 6-day race, in the entire history of the event, which has featured this many elite-level runners, any of whom could win the race.

On Friday at around 1.30pm (local time in Hungary), William passed the 300km mark (186.5 miles).

It’s been hot at the race, but by hour 56, Alan told me William had “survived the heat of the day” and was back to “running well”.

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William enjoying breakfast at 69hrs, having run 393km / 244 miles

By the 69th hour of the 144 hour long race, William was ready to pause for breakfast after covering 244 miles / 393km .

At around 71`hrs into the race, well before the 3-day point, William had reached 400km (around 248.5 miles).

As I type, William has covered 476kk / 295.5 miles.

 

More as I get it…

 

 

 

William keeps on going...

William keeps on going…

Congratulations on passing 300km

Congratulations on passing 300km

Proudly flying the Orkney & Scottish flags

Proudly flying the Orkney & Scottish flags

May 072015
 

20150507_170553-1_resized(1)I Don’t have a time for this photo (other than that it came through this afternoon) but here’s a shot of William as he passed the 200km mark.

Gyula in Hungary wrote earlier (at the 24hr point) :

Brief report at hour 24.

At the moment, Joe clearly dominates the race, leading by 20 kms before the “peloton”. The field is quite dense between place 2 and place 9 and we are happy to see that not less than 15 people finished day one over 100 mile. Hans-Jürgen Schlotter (GER, PB: 876 km) had to stop the race due to a nasty knee injury, which is a huge loss for the game.

Tamás Pula, the current Hungarian record holder (767 km) seems really focused. Just like Csaba Lajkó who most certainly follow a well definied tactics and reserves his power to the other days. Although Kriszta Nagyné Bakucz is far from Sumie Inagaki at the moment, knowing the Hungarian lady and her tactics, Sumie cannot feel herself safe until hour 144. Kriszta slept altogether 12 hours in 2013 and simply walked down her competitors.

After the quick storm last evening, the night was unpleasantly windy. Now the wind calmed down but the sky is clear so we use ice, ice cream and cold water&sponge to make the athletes more comfortable. We don’t expect any considerabe change in the weather until Sunday.

May 072015
 

Alan tells me that William passed the 100 mile mark at 21 hours, 53 minutes and 17 seconds into the race.

William goes through 100 miles in 21hrs : 53 mins : 17 secs

William goes through 100 miles
in 21hrs : 53 mins : 17 secs

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William feeling pleased to have already passed 100 miles in less than 22hrs

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