Haines runs first race of $1M challenge

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Derek Haines successfully finished the first of his six marathons this year on Sunday as he bids to raise $1 million to build a new facility for Cayman HospiceCare.  

Mr. Haines’s first run took place at the Paris marathon and he completed the 26.2 mile course in 4 hours, 3 minutes, 33 seconds.  

Mr. Haines, 65, in an email to the Caymanian Compass following the run, said he had hoped to complete the marathon in less than four hours, but congestion where the course narrows at the 23 mile post slowed the pace.  

He was one of more than 30,000 runners who set off early morning French time in almost perfect conditions.  

Mr. Haines, who travelled with his wife Helen, said he was in good shape and was still happy with his time, his best for three years, adding that it was a great start to the challenge.  

His second marathon will take place in London next Sunday, April 13. 

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele broke the course record in winning the Paris race on his debut at the distance in 2:05:03. The fastest female was Kenya’s Flomena Cheyech, finishing in a time of 2:22:44. 

Mr. Haines runs the Cayman Marathon every year and always raises funds of tens of thousands of dollars for a selected charity.  

The $1 million target is his biggest endeavor so far and he has received a lot of support locally, including from Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who became patron of his challenge last month.  

More than $250,000 has been pledged or donated so far, with $100,000 of that being presented after Easter when he will be back from his first two runs.  

A Rotarian, he has the support of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, whose treasurer Chris Johnson is handling the accounts. The Rotary Club has donated $2,800 to the British Hospice Society to guarantee him entry into the London Marathon.  

After London, Mr. Haines will run the Pamplona marathon in Spain in June with his daughter Lizzy, followed by San Francisco in July, Chicago in October and, finally, Cayman on Dec. 7. 

Mr. Haines has a website dedicated to achieving his $1 million goal: www.six4hospice.com.  

Mr. Haines’s first run took place at the Paris marathon and he completed the 26.2 mile course in 4 hours, 3 minutes, 33 seconds.  

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Derek Haines shows off his Paris medal.


  1. With the DUMP where it is and how it is, more people would eventually need hospice care. I participated in several fundraising events for HospiceCare. HospiceCare is one of the charities the value of which impossible to overestimate. Thank you Mr. Haines for bringing attention to the need of a new facility for Cayman HospiceCare.

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