Monday 26 September 2016

Marathon pair race down the aisle

Published 26/04/2015 | 21:01

Paul Elliott and Laura Harvey got married half way round the London Marathon route (Virgin Money London Marathon/PA)
Paul Elliott and Laura Harvey got married half way round the London Marathon route (Virgin Money London Marathon/PA)

A couple have combined their love for each other with their love for running by getting married half way round the Virgin Money London Marathon.

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Laura Harvey, 34, and Paul Elliot, 41, from south London, tied the knot at St Katharine Docks before completing the remainder of the 26.2-mile course.

They have raised £7,000 for Cancer Research UK after Mr Elliot lost his father to bowel cancer 19 years ago.

The pair ran the first half of the marathon separately before meeting up for the ceremony in front of 80 guests.

They later ran across the finish line together under a shower of confetti before returning to the wedding venue for their evening reception.

The bride said: " It has been an absolutely incredible day, the atmosphere has been electric and to be able to share it all with our family and friends has made it really special.

"We've done so much training together that I found running the first half on my own a bit strange but it made our reunion even more meaningful. The last leg was definitely tough but I think we were both so euphoric and had such great support from the crowds that we were carried round."

Her husband added: " It has been such an emotional day and I'm overjoyed to be married to Laura.

"The last few miles were tough going but having my wife by my side certainly helped. I'm hoping the combined adrenaline rush of getting married and completing a marathon will give us enough energy to get through the evening and celebrate in style.

"However I think we are going to have to take it steady on the champagne!"

Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/londonmarathonwedding to support the couple's fundraising efforts.

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