Saturday 27 December 2014

Road to romance as cycling couple wed during 86-mile trek

David Wilcock, Press Association

Published 10/08/2014 | 13:17

Gary Watson and Lisa Russell who are getting married on the route of the Prudential RideLondon bicycle race
Gary Watson and Lisa Russell who are getting married on the route of the Prudential RideLondon bicycle race

Today's mass cycle ride was a road to romance for one couple.

Gary Watson, 44, and Lisa Russell, 41, took a breather during the 86 miles of the RideLondon-Surrey Classic so they could get married.

The couple, from Raynes Park in London, were pronounced husband and wife this morning at Richmond Park's Pembroke Lodge and are beginning their new life together by cycling the rest of the way to the finish line on The Mall.

The keen cyclists, who have a five-year-old daughter named Betsy, had forgone a suit and wedding dress in favour of lycra and bike shoes.

They were met at the lodge by Betsy - who had the rings - and their friends for the ceremony.

Lisa, who works for a travel company, said she and graphic designer Gary had been joking with friends that they should get married while riding around London if they got a place in the event.

She added: "And when we eventually got a place we were like, 'ok this is happening now, we can't go back'.

"I don't really care about my hair being a mess on the day, I'm the sort of person who is happy with it up in a ponytail. It will be a case of doing it as quick as possible and then getting back on the bike and finishing the challenge.

"I will be more nervous on the day about seeing our five-year-old daughter Betsy at the ceremony, waiting with our rings."

The couple met while travelling around Australia in 1996 and have previously biked around Iceland and Norway.

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