Veteran ultra marathon runner William Sichel has set off for Balatonfured in Western Hungary as he prepares for the World 6 Day Trophy. The event, which begins tomorrow (Wednesday 6 May) and spans six days, will see Sichel cover around 500 miles.
A field of over 80 elite ultra runners will compete in what is the 5th staging of the race. Sichel has tasted success at Baltaonfured before, taking victory in the inaugural race in 2011 and fifth two years later.
During his victory in 2011, Sichel set the current British road 6 Day record of 518.34 miles. Leading the field this year, however, is America's Joe Fejes, who boasts a personal best of 578 miles.
On the upcoming event, Sichel commented: “I'm really looking forward to returning again to Balaton as it is such a great event, well organised and a lovely, 900 metre lap course, in a holiday park, on the shores of Lake Balaton. The entry list this year is phenomenal and it's sure to be a great race.”
The Hungarian race is 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. 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. More information at William Sichel's website.