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Marathon runner proposes ahead of finish line

United Kingdom,Human Interest/Society, Thu, 26 Apr 2012 IANS

London, April 26 (IANS) A marathon runner in London stopped 800 yards from the finish line, and got down on one knee in front of his girlfriend and proposed.


The action of the 28-year-old hospital worker, Ben McCreadie, stunned his girlfriend Laura Rendell, who was there to cheer him, The Sun reported.


The runner refused to finish the race until the 30-year-old woman agreed to marry him.


She said "yes", and Ben put an engagement ring on her finger before running off to complete the race.


"I couldn't think of a better way to do it. She didn't have a clue. I brought a bag to keep the ring in as I ran - I then held it out and went down on one knee," Ben said.


Ben and Laura -- residents of Newport, South Wales -- have been dating for three years.


She came to London along with members of his charity children's education group, The Outward Bound Trust.


"I was really shocked. I didn't know what to do, but I was really, really happy. I said 'yes', he put the ring on my finger, gave me a kiss and then he just ran off - he had to go as he had to finish the race," said Laura, a hotel worker.


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