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Monday, May 20, 2013

Olympian Jessica Ennis Marries Childhood Sweetheart

By FIONA KEATING Olympic heptathlon gold medal winner Jessica Ennis married her long-term partner Andy Hill at a church in Derbyshire's Peak District on Saturday 18 May. Around 100 guests attended the hour-long ceremony at the Church of St Michael and All Angels in the village of Hathersage. Wearing a V-necked, sleeveless ivory silk gown with a ruffled tulle skirt and a full-length veil, the bride carried a small posy of cream and pale pink roses. The groom, a construction site manager, wore a dark grey morning suit, accessorised with a pink tie and handkerchief. After the ceremony, carrying a bouquet of cream and pink roses, Ennis said she felt "amazing". "The dress bit was the best day of my life because you never try dresses on like that, do you? It's very special," she said. The Sheffield athlete shot to fame at the London 2012 Olympics by winning gold in the women's heptathlon. She is expected to make up to £5 million in sponsorship deals and has been involved in advertising campaigns for Aviva, Powerade, BP, Adidas, Omega watches and Santander. The couple met eight years ago when both were students at King Ecbert School in Dore, Sheffield. Hill proposed on Christmas Eve 2010, and wedding plans were made around Ennis's gruelling training schedule. Ennis will soon return to training, as her outdoor season is due to start on 8 June at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium. She will then join fellow British gold medallists Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah at the London 2012 Anniversary Games, to be held at the Olympic Stadium from 26-28 July. The Sheffield star will compete in the 100m hurdles and long jump.