Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ecstatic man thanks stranger at London Marathon for capturing proposal - 'the best moment of my life'

Published 25/04/2016 | 20:34

Photos courtesy of food blogger Ashley Fryer, of the moment when Adam Ruddick, 28, from London, got down on bended knee to propose to girlfriend Rachel Newell, 27, as they finished the 26.2-mile 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. Photo: Ashley Fryer/PA Wire
Photos courtesy of food blogger Ashley Fryer, of the moment when Adam Ruddick, 28, from London, got down on bended knee to propose to girlfriend Rachel Newell, 27, as they finished the 26.2-mile 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. Photo: Ashley Fryer/PA Wire

A couple whose engagement at the London Marathon finishing line was captured on camera have spoken of their joy after thousands of people shared the pictures and helped the photographer track them down.

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Food blogger Ashley Fryer snapped the moment when Adam Ruddick got down on what was no doubt a rather creaky knee to propose to girlfriend Rachel Newell as they finished the 26.2-mile run.

Ms Fryer posted the photos on Twitter in a bid to find the couple and after thousands of people shared them she was able to give them a lasting memento of the special day.

She said: "I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was watching the runners cross the finish line and as soon as I realised what was happening, I pulled my phone out.

"It was such a beautiful moment, I just wanted to capture it. It wasn't until later that I thought it would be great to try and find the couple so they could have the photos."

She added: "I'm so thrilled that we found Rachel and Adam - it's just a testament to the magic of Twitter. Hopefully the photos will be a happy reminder of their special moment for years to come."

Mr Ruddick, 28, from London, said he "couldn't be happier" that the moment was caught on camera.

In a message to Ms Fryer he said: "Thank you so much for capturing the best moment of my life."

Mr Ruddick said he had carried the ring in a pocket full of sweets as he and Ms Newell, 27, ran the course together - and was terrified of it dropping out.

He told the Evening Standard: "I was constantly checking my pocket, very nervous about dropping it on the way.

"I put sweets in there to disguise the shape, but when Rachel asked for them I chose to just keep them in my hand for the remaining 12 miles so I didn't have to mess around with my pocket again."

Their engagement eased the pain they endured to complete the race in four hours and 18 minutes.

Mr Ruddick told the newspaper: "With the proposal I think it took away any aches and pains at the end. All of our friends and family said we looked fresh-faced."

The couple, who have been together for around three and a half years, have raised more than £1,000 for Breast Cancer Now in memory of Ms Newell's mother, Helen.

To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdamRuddick1

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