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Couple who met in Locke Park return for wedding shots

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Friday 10th January 2014
Lee Mitchell and Zoe Tolman.
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A couple who 'ran into each other' in Locke Park had a wedding cake sculpted into the shape of the park's tower when they tied the knot last week.


Lee Mitchell, 38, of Norman Close, Worsbrough, met Zoe Tolman, 34, at the Locke Park run. The 5k race is held every Saturday at 9am.


Zoe, deputy marketing manager at Barnsley Hospice, said: "It was a particularly cold December morning, and I just took a bit of shelter in an alcove by the cafe in the park waiting for the run to start.


"We just got chatting really. We're both in different running clubs, but we kept bumping into each other at different events, and a few runs at Locke Park. It wasn't long at all before we knew something was brewing.

"We'd go for a coffee after the run, but on one Saturday the coffee lasted pretty much all day.

"We just really hit it off."


That was three years ago and they have done the park run about 30 times since. They have also done marathons together, including the London and York marathons last year.


They married last week, and their cake proved quite a talking point.


"It was a lady in Scarborough who made it, so we hadn't seen it until the day.

"People just went absolutely wild for it. It was beautiful."


Locke Park Tower is not usually open to the public but the Friends of Locke Park group agreed to open it up especially for Lee and Zoe, so they could have some extra photographs taken.


They even put their trainers on and had an extra run around it in their wedding attire.


"We're both very keen runners, to the extent we've had to have two honeymoons - a normal one and a 'running one'.


"The first is in Mexico, but for the second, we're doing the Medoc marathon in France. It's a 'wine marathon' with 16 wine stops along the route.


"Apparently, the further you get, the more full your glass gets.


"It's supposedly some of the best wine in France, so we can't wait."