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Distance runner William Sichel into second place

William Sichel [Pic William Sichel/Flickr]
William Sichel trails German runner Wolfgang Schwerk

A leading ultra distance runner from Orkney has moved into second place in an attempt to cover 1,000 miles in under 16 days.

William Sichel, 56, is taking part in the challenge near Athens, Greece, which started on Monday 15 March.

He has now passed the 500-mile mark, but trails German Wolfgang Schwerk.

He had set up a training camp in Aviemore to prepare him for his biggest personal challenge so far. Athletes from several countries are taking part.

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