At the gym

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Richard Clax­ton, from Ayr­shire, spent a year con­vinc­ing his now

Imet Ni­cola in the gym, where I teach Box­cerise and Metafit. When I first met her I thought she was a re­ally nice girl, but I was go­ing through a lengthy di­vorce so I wasn’t keen to jump straight into a new re­la­tion­ship. The more I saw Ni­cola and spoke to her, the more I re­alised I was fall­ing for her. It was love at first sight but I wasn’t sure if the feel­ings were mu­tual. One night I was on a first date with another girl when I bumped into Ni­cola. It was so awk­ward be­cause I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. The girl I was on the date with no­ticed so it was the first and last date! I fi­nally de­cided that the next time I saw Ni­cola I was go­ing to pluck up the courage to ask her on a date. It took a bit of con­vinc­ing to get her to go out with me – a year’s worth to be ex­act. I never gave up on her and on Jan­uary 4th 2013 she gave in and we went on our first date to see Dirty Danc­ing at the Ed­in­burgh Play­house... We’ve never been apart since. My friends and fam­ily were over the moon that I fi­nally got the chance to go on a date with Ni­cola – I think they were sick of hear­ing me talk about her. My Mum even re­sorted to con­tact­ing Ni­cola on Face­book to en­cour­age her to go on a date with me, which was so em­bar­rass­ing. In Jan­uary 2015, I bought di­rec­tor box tick­ets for Dirty Danc­ing at the same place we had our first date, where I was go­ing to pro­pose. I thought this would be the per­fect time and lo­ca­tion to pro­pose be­cause of the mem­o­ries we share there, I wanted it to be some­thing she would never for­get. I en­listed the help of the UK’S pro sports dance team ‘The Rock­ettes’ – the of­fi­cial dance team of Glas­gow Rocks pro bas­ket­ball team. I de­cided to pro­pose to Ni­cola in public by us­ing a flash mob. I asked the team to chore­o­graph a Dirty Danc­ing style rou­tine, in which I would also dance, be­fore drop­ping onto one knee whilst a gi­ant ban­ner un­veiled the words, ‘Ni­cola will you marry me?’ To say I was ner­vous about ask­ing Ni­cola to marry me is an un­der­state­ment, but it was one of the best days of my life. We both hope that once we tie the knot in De­cem­ber this year, we can start a fam­ily and con­tinue to be as happy as we are just now.

Richard with Ni­cola

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