By Charlotte Regen
A marathon runner popped the question to his long-term girlfriend on the finish line in front of hundreds of people.
Gareth Bennett, from Wrexham, Wales, proposed to his girlfriend, Katie, after meeting at Bangor University, six years ago.
Gareth ran the 43km marathon, with the ring in his pocket, before getting down on one knee and asking nurse Kate the big question.
He said: “I wanted all my family to be there and it was just the perfect time.
“I was nervous as I obviously couldn’t talk to Katie about it, she thought I was stressing a lot about the marathon.
“The ring was in my back pocket in a little bag. I kept checking it was there as I didn’t want to lose it.
“We had to make sure Katie was there at the end and they had brought a bottle of champagne with them which was hidden by Katie’s dad in his bag.
“I was so happy. Emotionally I was a mess and was staggering to talk due to heat exhaustion and dehydration.”
Gareth finished the marathon in four hours and ten minutes and started running last April to prepare for the big day.
He said: ” I have run over 600km this year already.”