On September 10th, during the largest half marathon in the world, The Great North Run in Newcastle England, onlookers were treated to a very sweet and heartwarming sight.
Elite runner, Jake Robertson, who had just completed the race right behind the winner, Olympian Mo Farah, made a spur-of-the-moment impromptu proposal to his girlfriend, Kenyan runner Magdalyne Masai at the finish line. Masai finished fourth in the women’s elite race.
The New Zealander told Runner’s World by phone, “It just clicked with one mile to go that she’d be there waiting for me. I was thinking about how our six years together had allowed us to become who we are today. If she has any flaws, I can’t see them.”
Onlookers cheered and erupted into applause as Magdalyne accepted Jake’s proposal and the happy couple embraced.
Robertson says he was surprised at the response received from the crowd as he got down on one knee. “I knew ahead of time I wanted to do it, but it was about finding the perfect moment to make it memorable for her. I was shocked they cheered like that, making the moment all the more memorable.
He then went on to say, “We understand each other as athletes, as people and we still love each other through all of the rough patches. She’s perfect for me.”
The couple plans to marry this December at a beach wedding ceremony in New Zealand.
This was such a beautiful moment that made me tear up a little. With so much negativity going on in the world, public displays of love and devotion like this certainly brighten my day! Much love and many congratulations to Jake and Magdalyne!