The 2014 Credit Union’s 5K Walk/Run added to Derek Haines’s campaign to raise funds for Cayman HospiceCare on Saturday.
Around 140 registered for the race that started and finished at the Credit Union building in Huldah Avenue and it was particularly well supported by civil servants. Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Jennifer Ahearn, chief officer in the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture, were the most senior civil servants in the race. Chief organizer of the event was Merta Day, the sports coordinator for women. All proceeds from the run will go towards the $1 million target for the new HospiceCare building, which so far has raised more than $700,000.
It was won in a photo-finish by Toby Muchene in exactly 18 minutes, fractionally ahead of Jason Saunders who was competing for the first time after recovering from a cycling accident two months ago. Marco Ellis was third in 18:11. Julia Storrer (21:00) was the fastest female, finishing 15th overall.
Haines, 65, runs his fifth marathon of the year in Dublin on Oct. 26. He finished Saturday’s 5K in 22:39.
“It inspired me to run fast, instead of just trundling along at a slower speed,” Haines said. “I thank everybody for turning out because all proceeds will go towards the HospiceCare campaign.”
He added that he was pleased that such a diverse range of people are adapting their lifestyles to becoming more healthy.
“It was great to see people achieving personal bests, just striving to do better than they did last time,” Haines said. “That’s what is most important. You can’t always win.”