Orkney's world record holding ultra marathon runner, William Sichel (56), takes his first steps towards next March's 1000 Mile World Cup race in Athens, with a 3 day Training Camp in the Highlands from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November.
Based in Aviemore, William and his crew man, Alan Young from Dundee, use the idea of long weekends in the Highlands like a 'boot camp' to toughen up prior to challenging races. William last used a similar idea in June which worked very well.
"These few days away get me out of my comfort zone, away from home comforts and allow me and my crew to focus on the challenging requirements of multiday races."
The days are structured so that William runs up to 8 hours a day, with support from the back-up car. Race day nutrition is rehearsed and clothing tested under the duress of heavy training. Overnights are in a bunkhouse in Aviemore.
Being based in Aviemore gives a wide choice of training territory including the whole of the Speyside Way and more hilly areas around Loch Morlich, the Badaguish Outdoor Centre and up towards the Ski Centre.
Whilst on the Scottish mainland William also gets a chance to meet sponsors and media contacts.
The !000 Mile World Cup takes place in Athens, Greece from March 15th --31st 2010. The last 1000 mile, non-stop, race that anyone finished was in 1999.
The last time a British runner completed a 1000 mile race was in 1991.
If William manages to complete the race in the 16 day time limit, he will be the oldest British person ever to have done so.
William is grateful to sponsors Loganair and myProtein
About William Sichel:
William currently holds six ultra distance records at World, British and Scottish level. Details here.
When William ran his best 6 Day distance 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. Full story.
William is a member of the Orkney Athletic Club and in November 2006 was honoured by the Orkney Islands Council for "outstanding achievements in sport".
With his wife, Elizabeth, he runs the Orkney Angora (hand dyeing knitting wool) 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.
William started ultra running in 1994. He has won his debuts in the 100km, 24 Hour and 6 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 all events longer than 48 hours.
48 Hours (Road)
GB Record: 329.710kms/204.87 miles Monaco 2007
48 Hours (Indoor)
Scottish Record: 344.267km/213.92miles Brno 2007
6 Days (Road)
World M55 Record: 751.00kms/466.65 miles Athens 2009
British M50 Record: 809.230km/502.8 miles --Monaco 2007
6 Days (Track)
Scottish record: 857.07kms/532.56miles Hamm 2008
British M50 Record: 857.07kms/532.56miles Hamm 2008
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): 809.230km/502.8 miles
Six Days(Track): 857.07km/532.56 miles
Badwater: 31hrs 36mins 12secs British Record (2006)
Spartathlon: 29hrs 01mins 29secs Scottish record (2007)
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).
"World 48hr Championships", Surgere, France. 5th overall (M50 1st). Track P.B. (2008).
World No3 for the Six Day event with outright win and course record in Monaco Six Day race -809.230km/502.8 miles (2007)
Scottish event record in the world's longest point-to-point race --the 153 mile "Spartathlon" in Greece (2007)
Scottish Record 48 Hour 344.267km/213.92 miles (2007)
World No1 for the Six Day event with 770.247km/478.60 miles, Monaco course record (2006)
British event record in the 29th running of the "World's Hottest Race" the Badwater Ultramarathon 31hrs 36mins 12secs (2006)
Scottish event record in the world's longest point-to-point race --the 153 mile "Spartathlon" in Greece 33hrs 14mins 20secs (2005)
"Across the Years" 24hr, Phoenix, Arizona, outright winner (2005)
World 24Hr Championships Age-Group Silver (2004)
Guinness World Records (treadmill) 100 miles & 24hrs (2002)
World 24hr ranking No12 (1998 & 2000)
Basel 24 Hr, Switzerland, outright winner (2000)
British 100km Champion (1999)
Masters World 100km Champion (1998).
European 100km Championships: Team bronze medal (1997)
Scottish 100km Champion (1994)
Represented Great Britain 11 times since 1996:100km team x 8 & 24hr team x 3