As if taking on a charity challenge to run 26.2 miles and raise £2,000 isn’t stressful enough, this romantic runner took on another personal milestone last weekend.
Liam Cowgill got down on one knee to propose to girlfriend Jennifer Lindsay just before they ran the London Marathon together.
A delighted Jennifer, 26, said yes after the proposal in a London park before the couple enjoyed a romantic meal ‘carb-loading’ ahead of the run.
Liam, 27, had considered popping the question to his girlfriend of five years during or just after the marathon itself but feared injury might prevent it.
The accountant, said: “We both had the marathon coming up and I just thought we’ll probably never do anything like that together again so I wanted to make it extra special.
“I had thought to do it after the marathon but I couldn’t have done the marathon if the proposal had been over me, the pressure of it.”
Jennifer added: “We had both been really nervous for the marathon but the proposal took our minds off it.”
But it wasn’t until the couple, of Heyhouses Lane, St Annes, had crossed the line hand in hand that the thought of their impending nuptials really sank in.
Jennifer, who works for Preston Council, said: “We ran the whole route together and then at the end he grabbed my hand so we went through together, we did it in five hours and 17 minutes.
“It felt amazing. That’s when it sank in, that all we had to think about was being engaged.”
The couple were inspired to run the marathon after watching last year’s coverage and decided to try to raise £2,000 for Guide Dogs charity, so far raising £1,500.
Jennifer added: “It was my aim just to get to the finish line but the engagement just topped it off.”
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London 2013: Marathon of major storylines
All eyes were on the 2013 London Marathon following the shocking scenes from Boston days before when three people were killed and more than 170 injured close to the finish line.
But the event was a complete success, full of unusual stories and record breakers.
Ex-Royal Marine Roscoe Nash slashed an hour off the existing Guinness World Record’s title for the fastest marathon ran while weighed down with an 80lb pack. The former soldier finished in a time of 5hrs 58mins.
Alan Simeoni, 34, went round the course in just over five hours while dribbling a football.
Bruce Moore hurtled through the 26.2 miles in a time of 3hrs and 31mins whilst dressed as a gorilla.
Lucie Barney, 27, scooped the record for the fastest marathon dressed as a shoe for her time of 4hrs 40mins.
Susie Hewer, 55, broke her own record for the longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon - managing to knit two meters worth in a time of just over five hours.
David Stone, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean, completed the Marathon course in under three hours.