Husband and wife prepare for marathon

TEAM WORK: Ian and Dee St Ledger are running the Brighton Marathon.
TEAM WORK: Ian and Dee St Ledger are running the Brighton Marathon.

Married life is often referred to as a marathon, with stamina, determination and a little hard work all needed for success.

For the last three months, a Great Cornard couple have been putting their relationship to the test with a gruelling training regime as they prepare to complete 26.2 miles together for the first time.

Ian and Dee St Ledger, both 48, from Bures Road, are running more than 40 miles a week in order to be ready for the Brighton Marathon on April 14.

Dee, who works at Somerville’s in Sudbury, has done it all before and has three marathons under her belt, but for Ian, her husband of 19 years, this will be his first attempt.

“I have never been a runner, but after seeing what Dee has achieved I wanted to join her,” said Ian, a painter and decorator.

“Training has been horrendous and is probably the hardest thing I have done, but it is also the most satisfying.”

Encouraged by daughters Poppy, 21, and Hannah, 17, the couple have been training since Boxing Day.

Although Dee jokes that her husband has struggled to run a bath in the past, his fitness has steadily improved and he now admits to being excited about the day.

The couple are raising money for the NSPCC. To sponsor them, go to