David L Smith, the VP Marketing Communications for LIME Caribbean recently completed the Paris Marathon in 4 hours, 26 minutes and 7 seconds, at the Arc de Triomphe just ahead of his target. There were 28,883 people who completed the run and the winner was Vincent Kipruto from Kenya who completed the course in 2 hours and 5 minutes.
‘It was fine for the first mile, then tough for the remaining twenty five! Think of Savannah to West Bay on the coast road – and back again and you get an idea of the distance. There were a few too many cobbles for my liking, but the Paris sites made up for it,’ said Mr. Smith.
‘Training in Grand Cayman helped, I definitely found it easier this time because I had been training in the heat and the weather in Paris that day was perfect for running, nice and cool.’
David was sponsored by many of his colleagues in LIME with proceeds of $CI3500 going to the Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation.
‘I could definitely feel the support from my colleagues and sponsors for the last five miles; believe me I needed it. It was a great incentive to keep going,’ said Mr. Smith.
The Estella Scott-Roberts Foundation is a licensed non-profit company in the Cayman Islands that was established in response to the tragic death of Estella Scott-Roberts, former LIME Corporate Communications Manager and Director of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. Estella was known for being a voice for some of the most disadvantaged groups in our community, such as abused women and children.
Marilyn Conolly, who accepted the donation on behalf of the foundation noted, ‘The Foundation is very grateful for this donation which will ensure that Estella’s work is continued by involving both men and women in programming aimed to achieve gender equality and a life free of violence for all,’ she said.
‘We were very impressed with David’s dedication to this cause and to the marathon as well as with the generosity of the entire LIME team.’