This April, Antoinette Godley, a Komani amateur runner, will take on the famous Paris Marathon in aid of domestic animal care and wildlife conservation.
Godley will be one of a group of 10 runners sponsored by Old Mutual Elite and Integrity Insurance Brokers and said she wanted to raise funds for the Goddles Trust.
The trust, started in memory of her late husband, Garry “Goddles” Godley, seeks to support organisations that engage in domestic animal welfare and wildlife conservation, a passion that was close to Garry’s heart.
“I thought if I was going to put this body through 42.2kms of running and all the training, surely I must to it for something. I got everyone who will be running from Komani and said ‘Could we not use this as an opportunity to do something to benefit the whole community?’ It will also be a great motivation to know everyone is backing us,” she said.
This will be her first marathon but she recently did the Discovery Surfers Challenge in East London and is planning to take on the Buffalo Marathon on Sunday.
She will be joined by her children, Darryl and Kelly and daughter-in-law, Nicole and the group is aiming to finish in five hours 42 minutes.
The race will pass through some of the French capital’s most famous avenues and plazas, from the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, where they start, towards the Place de la Concorde.
The other racers flying off will be Marc and Nicole Bradley, Kyle van Niekerk, Karen Townley Basset, Michael van der Berg, Danica Anderson and Lauren, Lisle and Thomas Clark.
The race will be run on April 5 and organisers expect close to 60 000 runners to take part.