Harold Wood woman will run London Marathon on first wedding anniversary

�A Harold Wood woman may not be a runaway bride but she will be forgoing her first wedding anniversary to run the London Marathon instead.

Thankfully Jennifer Chapman’s husband Matt is understanding about her completing the run on April 22 instead of celebrating, and is planning to whisk her away on holiday to help her recover after the event.

Jennifer, 33, will be taking on the 26-mile challenge with her sister Ali West, 29, who she hopes will help her.


She said: “Neither of us have ever done something like this before, so we thought it would be good to do it together so we can support each other.

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“We didn’t realise what day it was until we got accepted, and my husband wasn’t pleased as it meant we couldn’t go away on our anniversary.

“But he has been understanding and very supportive and we are planning to go on holiday shortly after the marathon, hopefully somewhere relaxing to help me recover!”

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Although she has completed half marathons before she said she was nervous about the challenge and had been practising running regularly around where she lives.

“I think it will be a completely different level compared to anything I have done before.

“I am trying to run longer distances on the weekends to build up my stamina and I can often be seen pounding the streets of Harold Wood.

“I am starting with 11-mile runs and working my way up slowly,” she said.

“It is a massive personal challenge for me and I am really nervous about it.”

The sisters, who are originally from Brentwood, will be raising money for Right to Play and The Soldiers’ Charity, as Ali was formerly in the Army.

Right to Play is a charity that provides sport and play activities to children affected by poverty and war.

n To donate visit their fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/theoystonsisters.

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