KEEN runners Jill and Jason Buckley went the extra mile on their wedding day as they joined their local running club for a jog – just hours before they got hitched.
The pair, who met at Kirkstall Harriers, joined fellow runners at Woodhouse Moor on the morning of their big day.
Other members donned fancy dress for the occasion before the bride and groom dashed to St Stephen’s Church in Kirkstall for the wedding ceremony.
Jill and Jason are the first to get married at the historic church since it underwent repairs worth £189,000 earlier this year to fix its leaking roof.
The couple chose to postpone their big day whilst the work was being carried out so they could tie the knot at the 200-year-old church.
Speaking about why the venue is so important to them, Jill said: “Jason is born and bred Kirkstall and we met through our local running club Kirkstall Harriers.
“We had to postpone our wedding from the end of June until August 3 because of the roof repairs but it was worth it and we had a lovely day.”
St Stephen’s Church in Kirkstall was repeatedly targeted by lead thieves and for years worshippers had to sit among buckets catching dripping water from the roof.
The church’s £250,000 organ was also in danger of being damaged by the leaks.
But after a year-long fundraising drive, the congregation of more than 100 raised £50,000 needed to repair the roof, masonry, plasterwork, decorations and lighting.
Another £129,000 worth of funding came from English Heritage and an additional £10,000 was given from the Leeds Church Extension Society.
However, the money raised only covers repairs to a quarter of the roof – the south east aspect.
It is not yet known how much it will cost to re-roof the rest of the building and the congregation is continuing its fundraising efforts.
Sections of the roof have now been replaced by stainless steel in a bid to deter the metal thieves.