Orkney-based runner, William Sichel, finished the recent World 6 Day Trophy road race in Hungary with a total of 374.71 miles, which gave him 21st place overall and third iin his age group. The Hungarian event was part of Sichel’s broader pursuit of project165. com, in which he aims to set 165 ultra-running records before his 65th birthday in 2018.
The race, which spanned six days, saw competitors tackle extremely tough conditions, with temperatures reaching 30ºC. Sichel’s performance, however, was hampered by foot problems that have persisted throughout the year. The heat had caused swelling and resulted in Sichel covering low mileage for days four and five; after cutting his shoes to relieve pressure, the ultra runner was able to recover to finish strongly.
On his performance in Balton, Sichel said: “I had a good start and was holding fourth place before I noticed some foot discomfort which I later came to realise was caused by significant swelling in the feet and ankles. This had a series of knock-on problems reducing my speed more and more.”
Commenting on the foot problems he encountered during the event, Sichel added: “I managed to claw my way back from a low of 31st place up to 21st but too much time and distance had been lost. It felt good to finish strongly despite earlier set-backs.”
The race saw America's Joe Fejes break his own record at the event, taking first place and covering an incredible 606.24 miles over the six days.
As part of project165.com, Sichel also hopes to highlight the benefits of exercise for the over 60s as well as raise money for the CLAN cancer support charity, with over £10,000 raised already.