William Sichel

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William Sichel (Born:1-10-53) at Welford, Nr Rugby, Warwickshire Lives in Orkney. Currently the leading UK multiday runner.

William has set multiple ultra distance records (currently 45) at World, British and Scottish level including age groups. Details here

In the Athens 1000 Mile World Cup race held in March 2010 William was runner-up in an age-group world record of 13 days 20 hours, 8 minutes and 1 second. Average of over 72 miles (2.8 marathons) a day. William became the oldest British person ever to have completed a 1000 miles in under 16 days. He also set intermediate age-group world records at 6 Days and 1000 kms. The last time a British male runner completed a 1000 mile race, in under 16 days) was in 1991. When William ran his best 6 Day distance, in 2008, he covered almost 90 miles a day for six days.

William was treated for testicular cancer in 1997 (surgery and radiotherapy) but came back to win the World Masters 100km Championships the following year.

William is a member of the Orkney Athletic Club and in November 2006 and May 2010 was honoured by the Orkney Islands Council for “outstanding achievements in sport”.

With his wife, Elizabeth, he runs the Orkney Angora (hand dyed knitting wool and thermal clothing) mail order business in Sanday, Orkney.

Although born in the Northamptonshire village of Welford and brought up in the south east of England, William has lived in the Orkney island of Sanday since 1982. William’s father was born in Kelvinside, Glasgow before moving south at a young age.

Running CV

William started ultra running in 1994. He has won his debuts in the 100km, 24 Hour, 72 Hours, 6 Day and 7 Day events. He has won international events in the UK (5 times), Netherlands, USA (twice), Switzerland, Monaco (twice), Greece and Germany. He is currently unbeaten in 3, 6 and 7 day events.

William’s Personal Bests

  • Marathon: 2:38:17 (1995)
  • 100km: 7:07:49 (1996)
  • 12hr: Track 141.50km/87.92 miles (2001)
  • 24hr(Road): 246.70km/153.30M (2000)
  • 24hr (Track): 202.00km/125.52M (1996)
  • 48hr (Indoor): 344.267km/213.92 miles (2007) Scottish Record
  • 48hr (Track): 340.80km/211.76M (2008)
  • 48hr (Road): 329.710kms/204.87 miles (2007)
  • Six Days(Road): 834.134kms/518.31 miles (2011)
  • Six Days(Track): 857.07km/532.56 miles (2008)
  • 1000kms (Road): 7days, 23hours, 45minutes, 43seconds (2010)
  • 1000 Miles (Road): 13days, 20hours, 8minutes, 1second (2010)
  • Badwater: 31hrs 36mins 12secs British Record (2006)
  • Spartathlon: 29hrs 01mins 29secs Scottish record (2007)
  • Athens International Ultramarathon Festival – 1000 Miles World Cup. Runner-up with 13d, 20h, 8m, 1s. Three World Age-Group records at 6 Days, 1000kms and 1000 Miles.
  • Athens International Ultramarathon Festival 7 Day, Outright winner. World Age Best for 6 Days (Road) 751km/466.65 miles (2009)
  • “Across the Years” 72 Hour race, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Outright winner with 269.364 miles/433.50 kms. (2009)
  • Hamm Six Day Track Race, Germany. Outright winner, P.B., British Record (M50), Scottish Track record and All-Time Scottish record (Modern) – 857.07km/532.56 miles (2008).


Wiliam Sichel's website and blog