Derek Haines takes on the fifth of his six marathons for the year this weekend in Dublin but a worrying injury has hampered his final preparations.
Haines will line up in Ireland as part of his $1 million challenge to build a new hospice facility in Grand Cayman, but he has been off the road for a week receiving treatment for an infected and swollen ankle.
He remains confident though of completing the 26.2 miles after getting a mixture of treatment.
Haines said, “Antibiotics and other efforts from Dr. Joan Harriott at Trincay, ‘magic’ tape from James Bebarfald and ice blower treatment from Nicole Frolick seem to be getting me on the right track.”
He joked, “All I am missing is some voodoo.”
However, having racked up more than 1,800 miles this year in training and the previous four marathons, Haines believes he has enough background fitness to get him round the course in a reasonable time, ideally under four hours.
He turns 66 on Wednesday so he is assured of a personal best at that age anyway.
The donations and pledges are still coming in and Haines is now awaiting confirmation over a $50,000 donation from a local foundation that will push the total to almost $800,000.
There are also other fund raisers happening, including Blackbeard’s and Big Daddy’s having a “Derektober” promotion, where a percentage of sales from those stores will be donated. This Friday, Oct. 24, Jacques Scott opens its Cocktail Week at Grand Old House with a James Bond theme, Shaken not Stirred night. Tickets are $75 with $50 being donated to the cause.
Haines said, “It is amazing how the Cayman community has got behind this challenge and I am very grateful to all of those who have donated, pledged or offered their services.
“People can still get involved by supporting these fundraisers above or subscribing through our web site www.six4hospice.com.”
He added that a really good birthday present will be if the next target of $820,000 can be reached by the time he finishes in Dublin. “Hopefully the support will then surge between the Dublin Marathon and the final marathon here on Dec. 7.”