Pakefield couple whose Lowestoft Parkrun proposal got hearts racing tie the knot

Laura and Grant Rix on their wedding day. Picture: Samantha Gardiner

Laura and Grant Rix on their wedding day. Picture: Samantha Gardiner - Credit: Samantha Gardiner

When Parkrunner Grant Rix dropped to one knee before partner Laura Harlow 18 months ago, he had her heart racing.

Laura and Grant Rix on their wedding day. Picture: Fran Salmons

Laura and Grant Rix on their wedding day. Picture: Fran Salmons - Credit: Fran Salmons

So when the Pakefield pair said 'I do', there was no sign of a runaway bride, as Miss Harlow became the new Mrs Rix.

It was in March 2016 that chartered surveyor Mr Rix, 30, popped the question, at the starting line of the Lowestoft Parkrun, however, it almost didn't happen.

He said: 'A few weeks before I proposed, I was in a car accident and hurt my back. I probably shouldn't have carried on running, but I knew I wanted to propose in that way, so I fought through the pain barrier.'

Mrs Rix, 27, said: 'At the time it was a total shock, but in hindsight Grant was acting quite suspiciously. For example, he wouldn't let me hug him because he knew I would feel the ring in his pocket.

Grant Rix proposed to his partner Laura Harlow on the Lowestoft Parkrun. Picture: Mick Howes

Grant Rix proposed to his partner Laura Harlow on the Lowestoft Parkrun. Picture: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant


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'I never saw it coming - but I probably should have.'

The pair, who live on London Road, tied the knot at Pakefield Church on Saturday, September 2, before having their reception at Ivy House Country Hotel in Oulton Broad. Mrs Rix said: 'The whole day was perfect. We wouldn't have changed a thing about it. Everything just seemed to come together really nicely.

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'It was the last wedding the vicar - Bob Baker - officiated before retiring, which was lovely as we have known him for years.'

Mr Rix added: 'The weather was perfect, Ivy House were really great and everybody seemed to have a really fantastic day.'

The wedding ceremony was attended by 80 of their closest family and friends, with a further 50 people joining them at the reception.

Among the guests were friends from the running community, including usher Sebastian Lakes and Gavin Butler.

The pair are now preparing to jet off to Mexico for their honeymoon, before beginning their new life together.

Mrs Rix said: 'We both have our injuries so we haven't been doing quite as much running as we would like, but there is a gym at the resort so we'll definitely pack our trainers.'

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