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Sichel wins in Athens

Ultra-distance runner William Sichel’s hopes of breaking the all-time world record for 6-day racing were dashed after just 48 hours as he attempted the 560 mile distance in Athens last week. 

But he still managed to maintain his place at the top of the global tree in one of the most difficult and demanding events known to man.

Severe weather conditions meant achieving the feat set by George Cameron in 1882 were extinguished early in the race.

However, undeterred, Orkney based Sichel battled on to accumulate 472 miles and finish ten miles ahead of his nearest rival, confirming his place as the planet’s top ranked ultra-runner over six days.

The 55-year old lapped a 1km track encircling the Hellikin Olympic Complex. 

In doing so he shattered the old world age-group record, which was previously set at 449 miles for men over 55.



 

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