Edinburgh Marathon: Meet the runaway bride

Liz Devoti adds a splash of colour with her veil and a touch of speed with her running shoes. Picture: Scott Taylor
Liz Devoti adds a splash of colour with her veil and a touch of speed with her running shoes. Picture: Scott Taylor
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Seeing a bride-to-be donning her trainers the morning of her wedding should set alarm bells ringing.

A runaway bride isn’t usually a sign that the big day is going to go to plan.

However, Liz Devoti is throwing convention out of the window by running in a 10k tomorrow morning and then getting married in the afternoon.

The 35-year-old is certain the challenge – part of this weekend’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival – will get her big day off to a flying start.

She and Gerry Wilding, her partner of seven years, are staying true to tradition by avoiding each other on the morning of their wedding, however.

The mother-of-one will instead be joined on the run by her brother-in-law, Tom Meir.

She will set off from Holyrood Park at 9am, but she has given herself a strict timescale of an hour to complete it so she can start getting ready for the main event of the day, a ceremony in Lothian Chambers followed by a reception at Prestonfield House.

Ms Devoti, who is from Peterborough, said: “We love Edinburgh. We have been quite a few times and try to get there every year for our anniversary. We are really looking forward to it. We were quite clear that we didn’t want any wedding gifts from our guests.

“A friend of mine said there was a 10k on the Saturday, so we thought it was a good way for raising money for a charity. It’s something a bit different to start the day.”

The children’s social worker added: “We hadn’t realised when we booked the wedding that it was the marathon
weekend, so it seemed fitting to fit it into the wedding plans as well. I have done a few runs in my time, so I’m hoping it’s not going to be too much of a shock to the system.

“Our daughter Florence is just coming up for two years old, so it’s quite hard for us to find the time now. I’m now really looking forward to it.”
She said Mr Wilding, a director of a plant hire company, was rooting for her to complete the challenge, which will raise money for Anna’s Hope, a cause which supports children suffering from brain tumours.

She has raised £500, but she hopes her 40 wedding guests will help to ramp that up.

After she told the marathon team about the unusual background to her run, they got in touch with the organisers of this weekend’s Spa in the City event, who helped to organise a special wedding manicure for her at Harvey Nichols
yesterday.

“It all combined really well,” said Ms Devoti.

The Edinburgh Marathon festival will kick off tomorrow morning with the 5k, 10k and junior races, starting from Holyrood Park and following routes around the city centre.

The half-marathon, full marathon and relay will be held on Sunday, leaving from London Road and Regent Road and heading into East Lothian.

Many roads will be closed or have parking restrictions.

kaye.nicolson@jpress.co.uk