William Sichel has become the first person to run the 500 plus miles of Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66
An exhausted former cancer patient from Orkney has become the first person to run the 500 plus miles of Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66.
Pensioner William Sichel completed the circular North Coast 500 mile tourist route in northern Scotland when he ran into Inverness at around 2am on Monday.
The route has been hailed as one of the greatest drives in the world but has never been run before.
William started at Inverness Castle in Scotland on April 13, with the goal of finishing iconic route, solo, in eight days. His official time was 8 days, 19 hours, 7 minutes and 7 seconds.
It took him to the west coast, up to Cape Wrath, through Caithness, through Tain and then down the east coast, to finally complete the loop in Inverness.
William said: “I completed a recce run on the whole course in November last year when I was driven around the whole route, which is actually 518.7 miles and ran for up to three hours a day to get a feel for the area.
“Following that experience I decided to have a go at running the whole thing.”
“I am completely drained. I haven’t slept for 21 hours but I made it in under nine days,” said William at the end of the run.
“It was incredibly demanding in every sense – mentally and physically. We made it – thanks to the team, it was a team effort. I’m now just looking forward to my bed.
“I was running into head winds at times but overall I got lucky with the weather. I had a lot of support. I was amazed how it caught on with people as I went round. I hadn’t expected that at all.”
William has completed 107 ultra marathons since 1994. Last summer he ran the Self Transcendence 3,100 Mile race in New York – the world’s longest certified footrace.
No one has previously run the North Coast 500 route although cyclist James McCallum, completed the route in 31 hours in 2016.
posted Monday April 22nd