Sichel attempts 23 year old Scottish endurance record

Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel (57), heads to Cologne, Germany this week in readiness for the Cologne 48 Hour World Cup track race, which will run from Friday July 15th – Sunday 17th.

William will be attempting Scotland’s 23 year old, overall 48 hour track record of 220.78 miles, set by Jim Shaw in Blackpool in 1988.

“I admit that I haven’t managed to get near it yet, as my track best is 211.80 miles. But I think it is still within reach, if I can get it right in a 48 hour race. Having said that, I can reveal that I have been severely hampered by chronic vomiting, in all my 24 hour and 48 hour events since 1996. This nausea and vomiting became so bad in 2006, that I had to stop and lie horizontal when leading a 24 hour event in Holland and then had to withdraw, as I couldn’t continue.”

Nowadays the problem is better controlled, but still impacts upon William’s performances in 24 hour and 48 hour races, reducing his potential in these events. William will be trying some new strategies in Cologne, so fingers crossed for a good distance in Germany.

“I don’t suffer in this way in longer events and this partly explains my consistent success in the longer multi-day races.”

A capacity entry of 50 runners will start the 2nd edition of this event, run on a 330 metre cinders track. Two of the current world top 10 ranked 48 hour runners, will be starting this event and a strong competition is envisaged.

William has shown good form this year winning the Hungarian 6 Day Championships in May, with a new overall British record distance of 518.34 miles.

William is currently engaged in Project 60@60 in which he is attempting to have set 60 ultra distance records, at World, British and Scottish level, including age-groups, before his 60th birthday on October 1st 2013. Currently William has set 52 records, including 6 World Age-Group records.

Follow the ‘ups and downs’, the mind games, the cut and thrust of the race on William’s blog:

William is a member of the Orkney Athletic Club and was their ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ in 2010.

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