Half marathon ends with marriage proposal


The Great North Run race ended in an engagement between two participants after New Zealand runner Jake Robertson popped the question to girlfriend Magdalyne Masai of Kenya at the finish line.

Robertson, who finished second to British Olympic hero Mo Farah in the half marathon, caught the attention of the crowd when he went down on one knee before his long-time girlfriend.

“I didn’t have it planned or anything. In the last mile it just randomly came to my mind that today was the day,” Robertson told the media.

“I finished the race and asked the meeting organisers to find her. She said yes and I’m a happy man. Six years together and I thought it was due time. We’ve been speaking about it for a long time,” he said.

Robertson, 27, is based in Kenya with his twin brother, Zane, and has represented New Zealand at world championship level and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he finished ninth in the 5 000m and seventh in the 10 000m.

He finished Sunday’s race just six seconds behind Olympic hero Farah.

Future wife Magdalyne finished fourth in the women’s race.

Robertson described the race as “a memorable day for us”.