Jake Robertson might not have won the Great North Run, but he won the hearts of the crowd and Kenyan runner Magdalyn Masai with his finish line proposal. The Great North Run was occasioned by wonderful moments where elite men’s runnera Robertson proposed to his Kenyan girlfriend on the finish line.
Robertson who finished second in the elite race category won the heart of Magdalyne Masai by kneeling down on the finishing line only to propose.With a towel wrapped around his shoulders and just a few paces over the line, Robertson got down one knee when his partner approached to congratulate him.
New Zealand star, Robertson waited for partner Masai, who is the younger sister to 2009 Berlin 10,000m World Champion Linet Masai, after the Kenyan finished fourth in the women’s elite race, before getting down on one knee.But she was left in shock after Jake suddenly got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
Cheerful crowd fans erupted in 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.”
Robertson, 27, has been training in Iten, Kenya alongside his twin brother and fellow professional runner Zane Robertson for over 10 years.He competed in the 5000m at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, where he finished 14th in the second heat in a time of 14:09.55 and did not qualify for the final.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow he finished 9th in the 5000m and seventh in the 10,000m. 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.
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.
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.