Run for your wife! Proposal at Great Newham London Run

Matt Simpson proposes to Katie Perry on the finish line at the Great Newham London Run in Queen Eliz

Matt Simpson proposes to Katie Perry on the finish line at the Great Newham London Run in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. - Credit: Vickie Flores

Crossing the finishing line in the Olympic Stadium was an emotional experience for many runners.

Matt and Katie hug after she accepts his marriage proposal

Matt and Katie hug after she accepts his marriage proposal - Credit: Vickie Flores

For Katie Perry, it was a moment never to be forgotten as her boyfriend of 18 months, Matt Simpson, got down on one knee on the track to present her with a sparkling engagement ring.

A shocked Katie, 31, accepted the proposal and celebrated the moment with a hug and a kiss.

PE teacher Matt, 29, said that he kept the ring in his sunglasses case throughout the run.

“I pretty much checked it was still there every few steps,” he said.

Katie Perry's engagement ring.

Katie Perry's engagement ring. - Credit: Vickie Flores


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“I was petrified about losing it on the run but it was quite secure really.”

The romantic gesture came after the pair, from Cranleigh, Surrey, completed the 10k run around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park together.

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Starting in the same wave, Matt and Katie finished in within 10 seconds of each other, both making it round in about one hour and 17mins.

Speaking about why he chose to propose at the run, Matt said: “Katie is massively into her running, she completed 100 races in 2013, so at the end of a run seemed perfect for her and to do it at the Olympic Stadium seemed pretty special.

“She seemed genuinely shocked and definitely didn’t expect it so it went very well.”

He added that the couple’s families were in the stadium to share their special moment.

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