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Great North Run wedding proposal! New Zealand runner pops question after Kenyan star crosses finish line

Mirror logo Mirror 10/09/2017
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The Great North Run is always full of wonderful moments, but elite men's runner Jake Robertson appears to have won this year, despite having to settle for runner-up in the race.

That's because the New Zealand star, who pushed winner and Olympic great Mo Farah all the way, popped the question to his partner after the race.

Jake waited for partner Magdalyne Masai, after the Kenyan finished fourth in the women’s elite race, before getting down on one knee, report the Chronicle.

But she was left in shock after Jake suddenly got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

The crowd erupted into cheers and applause as Magdalyne accepted and the happy couple embraced.

Jake told the media: “In the last mile it just randomly came to my mind that today was the day.”

Love will also be in the air for scientist Laura Cort and her American sweetheart Christina Richter, who will get married on the finish line.

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA Laura, 44, will be surrounded by loved ones as she says ‘I do’ to her partner, who works as a US charity campaigner.

The couple will make history as they take their vows at the end of the course in South Shields.

Laura, originally from Peterlee, County Durham, but now living in Delaware, America, will freshen up in a ‘delux’ Portaloo in South Shields before walking down the aisle.

Geneticist Laura said before the race: “When she popped the question I had no idea the ceremony would be at the next year’s Great North Run. No-one has ever done it before so we are making history.

“It was such a surprise when Christina went down on one knee and at first I thought she was injured.

“I was worried there was something wrong. Then she got out a beautiful engagement ring, It will be an amazing day.”

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