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London Marathon: Couple to run collectively after race-day wedding ceremony

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London Marathon: Couple to run collectively after race-day wedding ceremony

Right here comes the bride, all wearing… working gear?

A pair who runs collectively, stays collectively – that is what Mel Elliot and James Parker, each 46, will likely be hoping for as they participate within the London Marathon on one among their most necessary days of their life – their wedding ceremony.

Simply hours after tying the knot in Greenwich, the pair from Leicester will tackle their first marathon collectively, cheered on by their nine-year-old daughter Jess.

“As eager runners we wished to do the London Marathon collectively and what higher alternative to do it however as newlyweds,” says Mel.

“Inside days of securing the charity locations, I had the registrars and venue booked.”

It is a plan that they’ve secretly been placing collectively for a while – doing the Leicester Half Marathon in October 2017 collectively as a part of their preparations, with out letting on to household and pals at that time their final aim.

“The ceremony will happen at 7.30am in Greenwich to present us loads of time to get to the beginning line, whereas our friends can get pleasure from a bacon butty and a cuppa,” says Mel.

The truth is they’re going to not even have time to have change – so will likely be married of their working kits and be identifiable on the course by their veil (Mel), prime hat (James), ‘Simply’ and ‘Married’ indicators on their respective backs and holding a balloon from the marriage venue on a string.

Mel and James have been collectively for 20 years and, as Mel explains, “working has all the time been part of our lives – however not distance working”.

Mel and James on the Leicester Half Marathon (prime left), Leicester Bubble Rush (a 5k run with completely different colored zones of bubbles) and James with daughter Jess

Jess, who trains twice weekly with the Leicester Owls Athletics membership and does 2K cross-country races, has been impressed by her mother and father’ efforts and is “very excited” about the entire occasion in London and prospect of seeing Sir Mo Farah.

“She’s already eager to do it as quickly as she’s 18,” provides Mel.

The couple will likely be working for Get Youngsters Going!, a charity which offers alternatives for youngsters with a bodily incapacity to become involved in sport.

So relatively than obtain wedding ceremony presents, Mel and James have proven their generosity by asking wedding ceremony friends to donate to the charity as an alternative.

“As a longtime household already we thought we may increase funds for a charitable trigger,” explains Mel. “Who wants extra family stuff in any case these years anyway?”

And as for the honeymoon?

“James is a trainer so has kindly been given the day without work on Monday,” Mel explains. “However we’ll all be again at work and college on Tuesday.

“Our household summer season vacation will rely as our honeymoon.”

BBC Sport – Athletics

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