Mr Goddard, PE teacher at Truro School Prep, is taking part in the The Endurancelife Classic Quarter next weekend, an ‘Ultra Marathon’ along the south Cornish coast from Lizard Point to Land’s End, a total of 44 miles.
The Endurancelife website states: The task is brutally simple: to run non-stop from the southernmost point of England (Lizard to the western most tip (Lands End), the legendary South West Coast Path. This translates to running 90 degrees of the compass, hence the name, Classic Quarter. This is the ultimate trail runner’s rush, with spectacular exposure and challenging terrain all just a throw away from the potentially pounding Atlantic swells. There is also the unpredictable weather to contend with along the way and every runner must be well prepared, both mentally and physically.
Many Prep children have undertaken their own fundraising endeavours recently, and this is what inspired him to take up his own challenging fundraiser.
Mr Goddard said: “I’m always up for a challenge and enjoy running so I thought why not. Since working at the prep school, a number of children have taken part in some amazing fundraising events for amazing charities, so I felt inspired to take on a challenge of my own. I’ve been training for the last month, and when I’ve had time to train it’s been going quite well. I’ve never run over 30 miles before so I’m a bit nervous about the last quarter of the race but hopefully it will be fine. If anyone is keen to carry me over the finish line that would be fantastic!”
The Year 6 teacher will be raising money for Children’s Hospice South West.
“I’ve decided to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West. They are an inspirational local charity who provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family. They promise to make the most of short and precious lives across the South West, and having recently become a dad I thought that anything I could do to help them would be a good thing. I hope to raise as much money as possible to support their brilliant cause.”
To donate to Mr Goddard’s cause, visit his justgiving page.