NEWS from Orkney’s William Sichel www.williamsichel.co.uk Sponsors: Myprotein, Loganair & The Orcadian
Scotland’s leading ultra distance runner William Sichel, from Orkney, becomes the first Scot ever, to compete in the prestigious Surgères 48 Hour race in western France on Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May.
An invited field of 12 men and 12 women, representing 12 nations, have been invited to the 23rd edition of this unique event. Run on a specially prepared, 300 metre cinder track in the centre of town this event has produced a mass of world and national records over the years and is rightly considered the de facto World Championships of the 48 Hour event.
William considers it a big step forward in his multiday running career to have been invited to this event.
“I certainly feel honoured to have been invited this year and to be able to race in such illustrious company. I feel it is also a tangible form of recognition for my performances over the last two years in particular.
Highlights have been a British record (and 7th place overall) in the world’s hottest race the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon in July 2006; a Scottish record and 9th overall in the 153 mile Spartathlon (the world’s longest point-to-point race) in September last year; two outright wins and course records in the Monaco 6 day races of 2006 and 2007 (502 miles) giving world ranking of No1 and 3 respectively and a Scottish 48hr indoor record (213.92 miles) in the Czech Championships last year giving me a World Ranking of 12 in the 48 Hour event.
These performances obviously haven’t gone un-noticed.”
William has recently returned from a two week, warm weather training camp in Lanzarote.
“The Surgères race is well known as frequently being a very hot one. I am now well prepared for the heat and am in good form after a good training spell in Playa Blanca. Temperatures soared to 39°C whilst I was there which was excellent preparation for me.”
William’s web site will have links to the race where updates can be followed during the race allowing supporters to keep track of his progress – http://www.willimsichel.co.uk
William is grateful to sponsors: Myprotein, Loganair & The Orcadian
DUBLIN, IRELAND (Team Geared Up) He’s off again! Our own super-ultra athlete, and World Record Holder, Tony Mangan is off to Surgeres in France for a 48 hour track race. I reckon himself and Robin should swap tips on sleep deprivation! Tony flies out tomorrow to compete in what is considered to be the World Championships for 48 hour races and it’s held on a road track of 301 metres. Tony’s accounts of all his crazy races are really well worth a read and you can find them over at Tony Mangan.com or Planet Ultramarathon or Multidays. They really are incredible accounts of the kinda struggles most of us could never even imagine.