Run in the Dark supports global cause

The Cayman Islands run coincided with similar events in more than 50 cities around the world.

“We are all part of something bigger,” Hannah Foreman declared shortly before runners set off for the third annual Cayman Islands Run in the Dark.

The event in George Town was held on Wednesday, 15 November to coincide with similar events taking place in more than 50 cities worldwide. As with other locations, the Grand Cayman event brought runners and walkers together for 5K and 10K distances to help raise funds to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

“The reason behind it is very important to me – finding a cure for spinal cord injury. That drives everything for me to keep it going,” Foreman told She suffered a major back injury a few years ago and although she’s back on her feet, she remains motivated for the cause.

In all, 120 runners donned wristbands with flickering lights and set off at 8:00 p.m. along the route southbound on Harbour Drive, South Church Street onto Denham Thompson Way and back downtown along Walkers Road.

“I’m super happy with the amount of people who have shown up and the support from the community,” said Foreman, the joint organiser of the event along with Sarah Lewis.

The Run in the Dark events support the Mark Pollock Trust. Despite losing his sight at the age of 22, Pollack became the first blind man to race to the South Pole. Then in 2010, he suffered a catastrophic fall that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Being blind and paralyzed, Pollock thought it was over and had no hope to live on. After a year of recovery and an attempt to be the former adventurer he was, he realised that he’d become a part of something bigger – a global community effected by paralysis.

Having an already strong support in Dublin, Ireland, Mark sought to find the cure for paralysis. The Run in the Dark is one of the major fundraising events which supports this ambitious goal.

This year’s Cayman Islands Run in the Dark event raised CI4,000 (US$4,878) for the Mark Pollock Trust from race registrations and sponsorship from Conyers Dill & Pearman, SteppingStones Recruitment, and Back to Health.

Event volunteers included (L-R): Hannah Foreman, Alice Bayles, Simoni Buttrum, Wendy Foreman.

Here are the top finishers for the 5K and 10K events:



1st – Ricardo Agrella: 23min 53s

2nd – Adam Leak: 23 min 55s

3rd – Kim Eckart: 24min



1st – Jayme Farrell: 24:08

2nd – Fiona Nadaraja 24:10

3rd: Tracy Walker 25:35




1st – Alex Morrison: 43:42

2nd – Matthew Harkness: 44:40

3rd – Phill Thompson 45:57



1st – Pam Abbott: 47:02

2nd – Elaine Heausler-Gomez: 47:05

3rd – Jennifer Coleman 49:00

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