Marathon champ Derek Haines completed his fifth and most difficult 26.2-mile run in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday, raising even more money for Cayman HospiceCare.
Mr. Haines fully deserved the fortifying pint of Guinness he enjoyed after completing the run in 4 hours, 15 minutes and 42 seconds following a difficult buildup to the run because of illness and injury.
He said early on through Phoenix Park he found the going a little tough because of a strong wind and it being mostly uphill, but its overall beauty and the supportive spirit of the huge crowd fortified him.
Mr. Haines was determined to finish his penultimate marathon – the last one he’ll run is the Cayman race on Dec. 7 – as part of his $1 million Cayman HospiceCare challenge.
“I have now reached $800,000,” Mr. Haines said, a $60,000 increase from a couple of weeks ago. The new figure is partly from fresh donations by Peter Kandiah and his friend who went to Dublin to support Mr. Haines. Mr. Kandiah gave $100,000 toward the fund at the start of the year.
“It was hard work because of an infection in my leg, but I did have a brilliant first half, completing it in 1 hour, 57 minutes,” said Mr. Haines, who turned 66 last week.
But he admitted he struggled after that, but he was pleased with the “terrific support I received from people shouting out my name.”
He added that dotted around the course were some former Cayman Islands residents who shouted encouragement “and kept me ticking over.” Despite aches and pains, he still found his usual humor immediately after the race to say that he was ninth in his age group. “The rest are dead,” he joked.
For more information on the $1 million challenge and to donate, go to www.six4hospice.com.