Read my article on the incredible William Sichel. He has been flying the flag for ultra running for 20-years. This year he took on the intimidating 3,1000 mile SRI CHIMNOY.
‘On day 19 I was 71-miles behind the target pace. I was aware of this but during the race I didn’t know this… it wouldn’t have been helpful. I needed to blank this and work on my mind. I adjusted and went into mental lockdown. I lived in the moment. I focused on each step, each minute detail and I said to myself, just run the greatest distance possible each day and repeat. Lap by lap, day by day I started to adapt and I found that at night I could speed up. After 9pm I could run, I could speed up and I could move quickly. This is coincided with the course being quieter too. The race and the other runners had written me off; they all didn’t think it was possible to pull back such a deficit.’
Orkney-based ultra marathon runner, William Sichel had to settle for an age-group win and 14th overall, with his distance of 156.069 miles in the Taipei 48 Hour Road race which ran from February 14th-16th in the Taiwanese capital.
“I started strongly but after about 4 or 5 hours I could feel that I hadn’t fully recovered from my epic run in Arizona in January. I just kept going, but had to accept a lesser distance than I would normally achieve in this type of event.”
William has had an incredibly successful, but hectic, last few months of competitive action going back to August when he was runner-up and set a world age-group record at the British UltraFest 6 Day race in Abingdon, England. Then came runner-up spot again in the Monaco 8 Day race in November followed by 4th overall and 17 records (including another world-age group one) in the Arizona 6 Day over the New Year.
The Taipei event was incredibly popular with over 1700 runners taking part in the 12 hour and 24 hour relay events which took place concurrently with the 48 hour event. A noisy festival of ultra marathon competition.
“It’s time now for some rest and recovery and then a few months of hard training before my next competitive outing which will be announced shortly.”
William is working on Project165.com in which he will attempt to have set 165 ultra running records before his 65th birthday on October 1st 2018. Amongst William’s current 95 records he holds nine world age-group records including the fastest time to run 1000 miles.