19 Apr

Wedding Bellas

Runners in wedding dresses

A group of Glasgow-based runners will be pairing Garmins with gowns at Bupa Women's 10K at Bellahouston Park on Sunday 12 May. Led by three directors of wedding organisers Fuze Ceremonies, Anne Widdop, Morag Adams and Victoria Bisland, the Runaway Brides team have vowed to run the race in their wedding dresses as they look to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Anne Widdop came up with the idea and urged other women to get involved: "We are aiming to have 30 brides join us on the day but we're also extending this invitation to bridesmaids, mothers-of-the-brides and mothers-of-the-groom. Really anybody who is willing to don their wedding finery and take part in this great event for two fantastic causes.

"There's no pressure to raise funds personally, all we ask for is that team members pay their own entry fee to the event and donate £5 to our charity pot. In addition, we are also encouraging brides and wedding party members to donate their old dresses and wedding outfits for an online auction, all the proceeds of which will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and CHAS."

Joining the team will be Lynne Hughes from Paisley who said: "I was planning on doing a half marathon this year but when I saw what the Runaway Brides team were doing, I just thought it looked like so much hilarious fun and is for a good cause so asked if I could get involved.

"But now that I've practised running in the dress I've realised how tough it's going to be. I got married four years ago so was delighted when I realised I could still get into my dress but I've since discovered it's not as light as I remembered it. It's long and heavy, so the 10k is going to be a real challenge."

David Hart from race organisers Nova International added: "It's fantastic to see the Runaway Brides really getting into the spirit of the event, having fun and raising funds for charity at the same time."

Pre-race participants can join the Glasgow Running Network at a pasta party at Di Maggio's on Royal Exchange Square on Tuesday 7 May (6.30pm). Starting at Di Maggio's Royal Exchange Square, there will be a short but scenic run through Glasgow City Centre, passing iconic landmarks and finishing at Di Maggio's Theatreland on West Nile Street. Each runner will receive a delicious plate of pasta, soft drink and dessert. There will also be massage, entertainment and prizes on the night too! To take part in the Pasta Party call 08000 270 470 or call 0141 287 3831 for more information.

For more information or to enter the Bupa Women's 10K, visit the event website.

If you're interested in joining the Runaway Brides or donating your wedding outfit for the online charity auction, go to the Fuze Ceremonies website or call 0800 014 8237.