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Jo and Simon Arundel to mark wedding milestone as marshals at Yorkshire Marathon
MANY couples celebrate their first wedding anniversary with a romantic meal – but Jo and Simon Arundel will spend theirs standing on a York street, helping to marshal a marathon.
Jo said she wanted to help the charity because her son, Reece, was diagnosed with cancer when he was three years old and spent a long time at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
“He now has the all clear and is a typical 13-year-old,” said Jo, 34, who is a ward clerk at York Hospital.
She said that when they volunteered, they had not realised it was their anniversary but they were not going to back out.
“Instead of a nice romantic lunch or evening meal for two, we will be standing on the streets with thousands of others,” she said.
“It’s a different way of spending your anniversary. Hopefully, it will be nice weather like it was on our wedding day.
“I helped out at the Asda Foundation York 10K and volunteering is satisfying. You may not be raising money for charity yourself but you are encouraging and supporting those people that are.”
Race organisers are recruiting a small army of helpers to ensure the inaugural run on Sunday October 20, goes smoothly, and all 6,500 participants have an enjoyable and safe time.
“People are needed for a variety of roles, including helping out at the start and finish, along the route, at drink stations and baggage store and in the race office,” said a spokeswoman.
“Senior marshals are also required. We couldn’t put on our events without the important work the volunteers do and we greatly appreciate the efforts of all those who give up their time to help us.”
• Volunteers should be aged 16 or over, although youngsters aged 14 and 15 can help out if supervised by an adult who is also registered to volunteer.
To register go to theyorkshiremarathon.com/volunteer/
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