McGovern’s first time was a stroll

Completing a marathon takes a lot of effort on the day, but it is obviously ideal to train hard for the 26.2 mile event over a long period to ensure finishing.

That wasn’t exactly the case for Cayman resident Damien McGovern, yet he still managed to finish the local marathon last month in 13th place in a relatively fast time for a total novice – 3 hours, 44 minutes and 27 seconds. (It must have been some of that Celtic blood in him that kept him going!) It started at 5am and because of the chilly conditions and fresh breeze, was ideal conditions for distance running.

“I decided to take part in the marathon because my flat mate said it would take me at least five hours to finish it,” he said.

“Seven weeks out, the bet was on and it was time to start taking the training a little more serious. I chose to run early in the mornings, so I generally ended up training by myself.”

McGovern, 24, is a quantity surveyor. He hadn’t run any races before taking part in the 2010 Cayman Islands Marathon, which started and finished at the waterfront in front of Breezes by the Bay, ran along South Sound up to Prospect Point and back.

“It is a fantastic event. The organisers, sponsors, volunteers and supporters make it fun and enjoyable for all the runners. I hope to run the full marathon again next year. Hopefully faster!

“My favourite memory has to be crossing the finish line. I slowed up a lot on the last seven miles, so I was just happy to finish my first big race in one piece.”