Sichel Takes 3rd Place in Epic New York 6 Day Race
William became the first British athlete in history to make the podium in the Sri Chinmoy 6 Day road race held in Flushing Meadow Park, New York from April 22nd – 28th.
He covered a total of 461 miles to finish in 3rd place overall (1st in the 50-59 age group) from a field of 23 starters. The race was won by the Ukrainian Galya Balatskyy with 481 miles with the Finn, Asprihanal Aalto just 9 miles ahead of him.
Severe weather during the first two days meant that this wouldn’t be a record setting event, but a competitive race to the finish.
“Conditions were really brutal, especially in the first 48 hours and this made it one of the toughest multiday events I have ever done. It was also the most competitive, with 3 strong runners competing hard right to the end. I also had to put up with a sinus infection, which developed during the race and didn’t help.”
He was an unexpected leader during day two, before dropping to 2nd place where he remained, right up to the last day, when a revived Aalto, picked up his pace and passed him to take 2nd place close to the end of the race.
“Aalto took me a bit by surprise, as it is usually me that has the strong finish. I couldn’t respond and he was a worthy 2nd place finisher. We all pushed each other during those final hours, no one wanting to give an inch.”
William would like to thank his crewman Alan Young and blog master Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe from ULTRAFitnessTraining.com who updated his blog during the race.
He would also like to thank everybody for their messages of support which were much appreciated.