Jake Robertson might have lost in the Great North Run, but went on to win the hearts of the onlooking crowd and Kenyan runner Magdalyn Masai with his finish line proposal in Newcastle. The guy got to his knees and put the ring on his Kenyan chick immediately after crossing the finish line.
The New Zealander came in second place behind British Olympiad Mo Farah in the half marathon.
The lady was in awe and she quickly said “yes” much to the delight of the applauding crowd. The happy couple then kissed and embraced.
Magdalyn Masai was also participating in the competition having finished in fourth place in the women’s elite race earlier in the day.
The 27-year-old Robertson is based in Kenya with his twin brother Zane.
Jake has competed for New Zealand at world championship level and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he finished ninth in the 5000m and seventh in the 10,000m.
British distance running legend Farah has now switched his attention to marathons with an eye on that distance at the next Olympics.
He was thrilled to win his fourth consecutive Great North Race – which runs from Newcastle Upon Tyne to South Shields – in 1:00.06 kicking clera of the Kiwi with 250m to go. He had praise for Robertson.
“Jake almost got rid of me with three miles to go because I was hurting,” Farah said.
“I was just hanging on and gritting my teeth. I expected him to push on but it was a great race.
“Every part of my muscles is aching now. That was really, really tough. I have never been this sore. It’s been hard to motivate myself after Zurich, after the world championships, and I haven’t done as much training.”