Sponsors to guess veteran runner’s marathon time

| 26/09/2011

(CNS): Derek Haines who has now clocked over 1900 miles towards as he trains for this year’s  Cayman marathon in December is giving sponsors an extra incentive by offering a half dozen bottles of champagne to anyone who can guess his finishing time correctly. This year Haines is running the 26.2 mile for the Hospice in order to raise money for a vehicle. The veteran marathon runner who is the country’s fastest over sixty runner says anyone who pledges $25 or more they can take a guess on his finishing time on 4 December to win the six bottle of bubbly. 

“As an incentive or each pledge of $25 a guess of my finishing time can be made. There will be a first prize of 6 bottles of champagne for the closest guess. My fastest time is 2hrs 59mins,” Haines said, admitting however that he clocked that time 25 years ago and it was not likely to be repeated in this lifetime.“Last year I ran the same course in 3hrs.55 being, again, the first over 60 years old home.”

Businesses can also help in the goal to buy the bus by having their name on the bus at $5,000 each —  one-time payment and the logo remains in situ during the lifetime of the vehicle.
“Last year some $67K was raised that purchased a bus for the Special Olympic athletes thanks to the generosity of the Cayman public. Hopefully we can repeat the success this year,” Haines stated.

The Cayman Islands Hospice is a local charity that provides palliative care to all patients in the Cayman Islands completely free. It is the islands premiere community resource for end-of-life care and services to anyone who has cancer or any other terminal illnesses. The Palliative Care Specialist Nurses reduce pain, manage other distressing symptoms and attend to the social, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs of both patient and family.

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