HOW MARK POPPED THE QUESTION ON HALF MARATHON FINISHING LINE
COUPLE RAN THE RACE TOGETHER, BUT SARAH HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS PLANNING:
A MAN ran the entire Cardiff Half Marathon course hiding a box containing an engagement ring in his hand while his girlfriend ran beside him.
Mark Harris kept it so well hidden he was able to shock Sarah Dowson with a proposal as they crossed the finish line.
“My knee hurt for the last five kilometres so Mark actually held my hand and must’ve had the ring in the other hand the whole time,” said Sarah, 30, a fitness instructor at Bridgend Life Centre.
Oblivious to what was about to happen, Sarah then became distracted trying to turn off her running app when she realised Mark was calling her name.
“He was calling me and I didn’t hear him, then he grabbed me and turned me around. It was a big shock,” she said. “We are private people so it was completely out of character for him to do something like this in public.”
Their friend Andrew Hill had run the course on Sunday morning with them and was able to take pictures of the moment Mark proposed.
Sarah said “yes” straight away and now she and her PCSO fiancé, who works in Maesteg, are planning a wedding abroad in around two years’ time.
“I didn’t have any idea at all,” said Sarah, who lives with Mark in Broadlands, Bridgend, and has a son Ollie, aged five.
The couple have been together for three years and Sarah said Mark’s love of running encouraged her to take up the sport too.
“He did the long course weekend in Tenby this summer and watching him train motivated me,” said Sarah.
“I also thought ‘I’m turning 30 so I’ll do the Cardiff Half’.
“Mark trains with Andrew and he ran together with us and was pacing me and making sure I was on track for the two hours.”
She said her son Ollie was delighted when they shared the news of their engagement.
“Ollie was really excited about it.
“He gets on very, very well with Mark and they are really close.”
Sarah Dowson, 30, and Mark Harris, 32, from Bridgend, got engaged at the finish line of the Cardiff Half Marathon after Mark surprised Sarah with a proposal