Name: Derek McCarrick
City: Isle of Sheppey
State: Kent
Country: UK

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Nationality: British
Occupation: London taxi driver
Birthday: 28th March 1935
Age: 67
T-Shirt: X large
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Number of Years Running: 21
Number of Marathons: 24

Distances:

50k-Completed all in times of approximately six hours.
Glasgow (1); Paris (1); Dublin (1); London (18); New York (4); Boston (1)
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50mi-Various track races; completed all in times of approximately 10 hours.
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100km-
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100mi-80 mile European/World Trial Running Championships, South Down Petersfield to Eastbourne, England 1997. Completed in 24 hours.

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100mi+-Marathon des Sables 1999. Came last but completed.

Previous Badwater Racing: none
Previous Badwater Crewing: None
Previous Badwater Clinic None

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Badwater Prediction:

Between 50 and 60 hours. I have completed 80 miles in 24 hours and completed the Marathon des Sables in time.

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Weird Experience:

Marathon des sables. Dressed as Roger Rabbit.

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Challenge:

Marathon des Sables - it's unrelenting and unforgiving. 1999.

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Why:

A challenge at my age + to raise money for leukaemia research. I've raised almost £100,000 (UK sterling) in recent years.

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Why badwater:

It is the last great running challenge.

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Other Exp.:

None

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Media:

I can't say just yet. I'd like to get my local tv and local/national UK press involved. They've been interested in my previous exploits.

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More Media:

as above.

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Charity:

Leukaemia Research Fund (UK. I've raised almost £100,000 for them. Desperate to get to my target and help pave the way for cures for this disease. Motivated after the daughter of a friend of mine developed leukaemia.

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English: yes
Crew English: yes
Hike: yes
Permit: yes

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Resume: A former coal miner, I am now a taxi driver in London. I'm a famous face in the London Marathons, dressed as Roger Rabbit and have raised thousaands of pounds for charity (including breast cancer charities following the death of my wife from this disease three years ago). I always run as Roger Rabbit and have a special lightweight costume for ultra events. I have run countless miles in the bid to raise money for research in the past years. Running this ultra marathon would be the pinnacle of my running career.

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