Godmanchester couple break with tradition on their wedding day... by taking part in a 5k run!

Huntingdon Park Run wedding of Ed Crothall, and Sabrina Sibley, from Godmanchester,

Huntingdon Park Run wedding of Ed Crothall, and Sabrina Sibley, from Godmanchester, - Credit: Archant

Tradition dictates that the groom is not allowed to see his bride on the day of their wedding until she is led down the aisle.

Huntingdon Park Run wedding of Ed Crothall, and Sabrina Sibley, from Godmanchester,

Huntingdon Park Run wedding of Ed Crothall, and Sabrina Sibley, from Godmanchester, - Credit: Archant

But tradition was set aside for one Godmanchester couple, who are so dedicated to running that they started their big day by taking part in a 5k race around Hinchingbrooke County Park, in Huntingdon.

Avid runners Ed and Sabrina Crothall (nee Sibley), members of BRJ Running Club, are out pounding the tarmac almost every day of the week, and they also take part in the 5k Huntingdon Park Run most Saturdays.

The couple have even taken their two-year-old daughter, Ophelia, along to one of their events, a 5k buggy run, such is their enthusiasm for the sport.

So, when faced with the prospect of missing out on a 5k run on Saturday, in order to prepare for their wedding, the couple decided there was only one thing for it – cast tradition aside and take part in the run dressed as bride and groom.


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And their running mates were on hand to make sure it was the perfect start to their day as Ed, 34, and Sabrina, 29, were showered in confetti on the start line.

Despite their normally competitive nature, Ed, a solicitor, said it was agreed that the couple would finish Saturday’s race together – in honour of their big day.

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He said: “We are not really ones for tradition and we wanted to do something quite fun for our wedding. We are both addicted to running and it was natural for us to go for a run, it just made sense to us.”

While the pair were taking part in the run, their respective families were fretting over the final preparations for the ceremony – as well as the break in wedding day protocol.

Ed said: “Most of our families thought it was a crazy idea to be honest because none of them run and they were a bit worried about the tradition.”

With the run complete, the couple “went their separate ways” and were re-united again later that day for a ceremony at the Missing Sock, in Stow-cum-Quy, near Cambridge.

Ed, who has also completed three marathons, said of the ceremony: “It was really nice and relaxed, it was just what we wanted.”

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