Avid marathon runner Derrick Haines has begun his training for the next phase of his mountains and marathons challenge for Have a Heart Cayman.
As the May 28 departure date draws near, Haines and his training partners Barry Yetton and Vico Testori, are hitting the stairs at the Observatory tower at Camana Bay. With each step all three halt an extra 50 pounds of weight to the top. The journey will see him scale three mountains with a combined height of 57,285.
Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the magnitude of the task at hand is the reason behind it all. They are doing to help raise money so children in need of living saving heart surgery, can have the procedures done free of cost.
When asked if he was nervous about not having any mountains to practice on here in Cayman he said, “I’m fairly fit at the moment, I’ve managed to avoid different illnesses this year, and my two chums are the same, one of them has a little bit of a problem with his knee but I think he is coming out of that. So I’m very confident that we’ll have a few days to aclimatise to it and practice on some the lower slows at around 15,000 feet and then we’ll be ready for the high altitude. So I think we’ll be ok. »