Derek Haines completed his second marathon in successive weeks and added another $100,000 donation toward the magic $1 million, which will fund a new building for Cayman HospiceCare.
Mr. Haines ran the London Marathon on Sunday, a week after completing the Paris 26.2-mile race.
He intends to complete six marathons this year, the last one being the Cayman event on Dec. 7, to raise the $1 million.
Even though he was still aching from the first run, Mr. Haines managed the London race six minutes faster, finishing in his best time in years: 3 hours 57 seconds and 01 second.
In an email to the Caymanian Compass, Mr. Haines said, “I was still aching a tad after Paris but the news of another $100,000 pledge put a spring in my step along the way.
“We have over a third of the $1m required already pledged now and a third of the challenge completed. So we are on target.
Still a long way to go but if everyone gets behind this we can do it.”
British Olympic champion Mo Farah finished eighth on his marathon debut as Kenyan world record holder Wilson Kipsang won his second title in London. Farah, 31, finished in 2:08:21.
Kipsang set a course record 2:04:27 with compatriot Stanley Biwott second.
Edna Kiplagat pipped fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat in the women’s race with debutant Tirunesh Dibaba third.
Mr. Haines, 65, was in London with his wife Helen and support team of son Chris and his girlfriend Helen Beacham, and Stuart McMillan, the son of Cayman HospiceCare worker Kerrie McMillan.
Mr. Haines attributed his fastest run in years to high altitude training in the Pyrenees after Paris and the fabulous news of another $100,000 anonymous pledge.
He said, “As coach Jerry Harper says with his unique style of math ‘6 x 26.2 equals 1 million’. The race atmosphere was fantastic, the crowds so supportive and it drove me on.
“All of Cayman now needs to believe we can complete the challenge, dig deep and help us create this very necessary facility for all of our community.”
The $1 million target is receiving immense support locally, including from Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who became patron of his challenge last month.
Mr. Haines is a Rotarian, and the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman is a big supporter. The Rotary Club donated $2,800 to the British Hospice Society to guarantee Haines entry into the London Marathon. Mr. Haines funds all expenses for the races himself, ensuring that 100 percent of the money donated goes toward the $1m target.
Mr. Haines takes a well-earned break now before running the Pamplona marathon in Spain in June with his daughter Lizzy, followed by San Francisco in July, Dublin in October and finally the Cayman.
Mr. Haines has a website dedicated to achieving his $1 million goal: www.six4hospice.com.