Derek Haines added the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday to his target of six marathons for the year to raise $1 million for a new building for Cayman HospiceCare.
Haines completed his fourth marathon in 4 hours and 46 seconds, having run the first 13.1 miles of the extremely hilly course with Digicel’s Brian Hurley who completed a half marathon.
Cayman resident Tim Bradley also did a half marathon as support for Haines, who has now raised $615,000 toward the challenge.
“The conditions in San Francisco were brilliant,” Haines said. “The course was so hilly that I felt like Steve McQueen in the film ‘Bullitt’ without the car!”
Haines added that he is looking forward to his fifth marathon, in Dublin in October. “I spoke to an Irish guy who runs it every year and he said Dublin has more a community feel than San Francisco, and I’m looking forward to it,” Haines said. “I guarantee I will get under four hours.”
Haines has plenty of support for his challenge and that was emphasized when a big group of locals ran a 6K road race around Camana Bay at the same time. The race started at 7 a.m. to coincide with Haines. The local run was won by swimming coach Dominic Ross in 27 minutes 32 seconds. Thomas Dillon was second and Roz Clanfield third and the first female home. Fourth was teenage track star Kiara McLaughlin.
HospiceCare chair Chris Duggan was there to add support. “I thought I would come out to support Derek’s great attempt,” Ross said. He added that he has entered the Cayman Marathon for the first time in December, when Haines will run his final 26.2 mile distance.
Haines said, “It’s marvelous that the whole community is taking my challenge on and had that 6K run. The HospiceCare appeal is a necessary thing and whatever the turnout, it’s great because every little bit adds to the fund.”