One wedding and a hill

November 24 2017

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered today, in the site of Pomphrey Hill playing fields.”

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered today, in the site of Pomphrey Hill playing fields.”

So began one of the more unusual runner briefings that start the weekly, free parkrun at Pomphrey Hill (Saturdays at 9am). 

Parkruns are friendly occasions and the role of the volunteers is very important (hence the emphatic “I do” in response to the question: “Do you promise to love and to cherish every volunteer each and every time you pass them?”). 

The most responsible and demanding of these volunteer roles is that of run director. It was therefore fitting that the marriage of two Pomphrey Hill parkrun run directors – to each other – was a cause for celebration on 11th November.

Steve and Anne Burge, both also enthusiastic members of Emersons Green Running Club, first met at Pomphrey Hill, had their first kiss at Pomphrey Hill and even got engaged there. It was inevitable that their wedding day would begin with a parkrun at Pomphrey Hill.

As with all weddings, choosing the right outfit was important. Anne, along with many of the female runners donned suits, ties and bow ties, while the men chose brightly coloured tutus and wigs. Steve wore a particularly fetching long wedding dress.

The bridal party run began slowly – interrupted first by Anne getting a call from her wedding hairdresser and then Steve repeatedly tripping over his increasingly off-white train – a situation resolved by tucking the dress into his running shorts.

Three laps of the Pomphrey Hill playing fields ended with the bride and groom carrying each other over the finish line.

The happy couple did get washed and changed before getting married properly at Priston Mill near Bath later in the day. The traditional elegance of a wedding was enhanced with race-style medals for the guests and a wedding cake featuring a very special local hill. Many congratulations Anne and Steve!


Sian Harris


• Pomphrey Hill parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am and is a free, timed run for all ages and abilities. For more information and to register for your all-important parkrun barcode (which enables your time to be recorded), see