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1:36pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
RUNNING club members, Eleanor Wilde and Jon Vamplew, warmed up for their wedding with a 7.30am run on the morning of the service.
Halterworth Harriers, Eleanor and Jon were joined by 17 other club members on the pre-nuptial jog around Romsey’s landmarks on Saturday, September 21.
The couple wore T-shirts emblazoned with the message “We are getting married”.
Dave Arnott, one of the founding members of the club, was best man and most of the club joined the wedding celebrations at some point during the day.
The couple were married at the United Reformed Church in Romsey at 3pm and the bride and her father, Stewart Wilde, arrived at the church in a 1915 Ford Model T.
A reception was held afterwards at Ampfield Golf and Country Club. The bride wore a specially-designed dress in purple silk with a lace overlay.
The couple have chosen to do something very special for their honeymoon, which will start on October 4. Instead of relaxing on a beach, they will spend their three-week honeymoon, volunteering for the charity Concordia, working in a school for children with disabilities in Migori County, Kenya.
The couple asked guests to sponsor their trip, rather than buy them wedding gifts, so they could take supplies with them to help the school and local community.
Eleanor said: “It was a special day, starting with what we love doing – running with our friends from the Halterworth Harriers.”
The couple met eight years ago in London, where Eleanor worked for a wine wholesaler. Her firm was buying some new computer equipment and Jon was the salesman. She moved to Romsey five years ago to be with Jon and soon after joined him as a member of the Harriers.
Eleanor, who was a keen cyclist and swimmer, now works as a sports development officer in Southampton, and cycles to and from work every day – a round trip of 18 miles.
She says she is building up to run a half-marathon while Jon is a long-distance expert, having completed 13 full marathons.
Jon, 55, who beat Olympic medallist, Kris Akabusi, in the 100m when they were both teenagers, is also a keen volleyball player.
The couple regularly volunteer for charity and sports events and last summer were gamesmakers at the London Olympics.
The all-action couple found out about Concordia’s work in Kenya when they visited a travel exhibition two years ago.
Jon paid tribute to his wife’s generosity of spirit in his wedding speech: “Eleanor doesn’t have a middle name, but if she did it would be ‘Humanity’. She would give someone her last penny if they needed it.”
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