Last Sunday, 31st March, Adam and Carly tied the proverbial knot at an official ceremony at Courtlands House in Lympstone. They were kind enough to open the invitation to the evening reception to the entire club and many of us took up the opportunity to be a part of their special day.
Before this, however, they had a less-official, impromptu wedding at Parkrun on the Saturday morning! Both Carly and Adam are regular faces at the event, having both completed well over 50 runs there. With Parkrun being such a friendly organisation, some of the regular organisers decided that it would be a nice idea to mark the special occasion with a pre-run ceremony.
John Caswell, run director, had prepared a few low-key costumes in advance, including a veil for Carly, a top-hat for Adam and a vicar's cassock for himself. Announcing that it is common for runners to indulge in large pasta meals before a big event he explained that he was the 'Parkrun Pastor' and that this was his 'Pastor Party'! Adam was then instructed to start at the back of the group of 100+ runners and Carly at the front and he was to take this last opportunity to chase and catch his girl! The horn sounded and off we all went, leaving Adam with a bit of work to do to catch up to the runaway bride, who had sped off the front. By the end of the first lap he had managed to catch her and just in time as when they passed by Pastor Caswell and the spectators at the finish funnel, they had confetti thrown over them.... well, actually it was bird seed as this is National Trust parkland, so only eco-friendly confetti allowed! The bride and groom then completed another 2 circuits arm in arm and Adam chivalrously stuck to the rule of 'ladies first' and did not try to out-sprint Carly to the finish! A small scale reception then followed in the form of tea and scones in the Killerton tearooms with several other stalwart Parkrunners in attendance.
If the permanent grins on their faces were anything to go by, it seemed that Adam and Carly had a terrific and very memorable two days before they departed to the North Devon coast for their honeymoon.
They are a great couple and a very welcome asset to the club, so on behalf of everyone at the Harriers, we would like to wish this happy couple all the very best for their exciting future together.
Bride and groom-to-be at their Parkrun ceremony!
Reunited after lap 1, they run the next 2 laps arm in arm!
(c) Adrian Midgley
And at their official ceremony on the Sunday, at Courtlands House, Lympstone