Fridge-carrying runner's adorable proposal during the London Marathon

Publish Date
Monday, 22 April 2024, 4:50PM
Photo / via BBC Twitter (X)

Photo / via BBC Twitter (X)

A fridge-carrying runner kept an engagement ring wrapped in toilet paper before he proposed to his girlfriend during the London Marathon.

Daniel Fairbrother stopped at Big Ben to pop the question, with the 26kg fridge 'Tallulah' strapped to his back.

His girlfriend Hayley quickly said yes, to the delight of the watching crowd.

Daniel carried the fridge along the 42km course to raise money for Diabetes UK.

"Today's been tough, I'm not going to lie - and the only thing that got me through was knowing that Hayley was there waiting at Big Ben, oblivious that I would ask her to marry me," he said to the BBC.

"It was the right time, it was a big stage, it was a big achievement and I thought, what better time?"

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He then also shared that he had wrapped the ring in toilet paper in his pocket, checking it at every mile.

"When I had Big Ben in my sights I pulled it out and the emotions took over," he said.

"I told her: 'When you find someone like you, who's happy to support me and encourage me to grow... I need to make sure that you're around'," he added.

"That's when I pulled out the ring and dropped to one knee."

He was unsure Hayley would even be able to make it as she had spent the night unwell in the hospital.

"I'd been planning this for a while and, right at the last minute, I didn't think this was going to come off. It's put a real shine on the day."

Hayley told the BBC she was speechless and was "trying to come back down to earth."

"I was so emotional already seeing him running towards me. It was mile 25, he had literally almost finished the race. I could see he was struggling so for him to get down on one knee, I have no words."

She joked that Tallulah (the fridge) would get her own seat at the wedding.

Daniel had made headlines earlier this year during his marathon training after police mistook him for a thief!

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