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A couple who tied the knot two days before the Simplyhealth Great South Run weekend took on the event with their wedding party while dressed as a bride and groom to raise funds for charity.

Runaway bride and groom Donna Claringbold and Stephen Bridewell set off in the white wave at the to raise money for Macmillan, after Steve’s mum Maggie was diagnosed with cancer.

The couple, from Maidenbower in West Sussex, were dressed in their wedding attire and were pronounced man and wife just a few days earlier.

They were joined on the 10 miles by Donna’s brother Neill, dressed as the best man, and his partner Nikki who was bridesmaid but added humour to the group by dressing as the vicar.

Donna, 32, said: “It has been a family tradition to do the Simplyhealth Great South Run, which has been the case for about five or six years and when the date was announced for this year we couldn’t believe it was so close to our wedding.

“We took on a series of fundraising events to raise as much money for the charity as possible when we got the news that Steve’s mum had cancer but we also wanted to challenge ourselves.

“Our family is now stronger than ever, it was amazing to stand on the start line of the event dressed and married as husband and wife.

“It was such a funny sight and such a memorable occasion to show how far we have all came.”

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