Three cheers for photographer Ashley Fryer folks, the blogger was quick enough with her camera to catch the touching moment a couple got engaged on the finishing line at the London Marathon on Sunday, then took to Twitter to track them down.
After capturing the beautiful moment by chance while standing among the crowds watching runners cross the line, Fryer hoped to find the happy couple to gift them the pictures.
Cue a social media search fuelled by true people power, and an even more romantic twist to the surprise proposal.
“I was just in the right place at the right time. It was a beautiful thing to witness," Fryer says of the moment she saw Londoner Adam Ruddick get down on one knee, after crossing the finishing line with now-fiance Rachel Newell.
“I'm just glad I got my phone out in time. The fact that we managed to track them down within a couple of hours is a testament to the magic of Twitter,” she tells bbc.co.uk.
After watching the proposal unfold, Fryer posted the images to Twitter with the caption, “If you got engaged on the finish line at the #LondonMarathon, I caught it on camera! Shout if you want the pics!”
She then called on her followers to help track down the couple, adding: “They crossed the finish line at 2:25pm. Please RT - would love to find them so they can have the photos.”
It wasn’t long before friends and strangers alike began retweeting the images, and Adam and Rachel were found.
They crossed the finish line at 2:25pm. Please RT - would love to find them so they can have the photos.— Ashley (@ashleyfryer) April 24, 2016
Revealing the story behind the proposal, Adam tells Metro.co.uk that the couple first met as teenagers while on school ski trip, organised by Rachel’s mother Helen, who was a school teacher.
Adam and Rachel were running the marathon on Sunday in memory of Helen, who sadly lost her battle with breast cancer in 2011.
“Rachel and her two sisters Kerry and Claudia lost their wonderful mother over four years ago to this illness, and Kerry and Rachel have cared for Claudia (now 16) ever since. Helen left behind three amazing girls and hundreds of people who miss her every day,” says Adam.
“I decided when we got into the marathon that I was going to do it at the end as it was symbolic of all the training and the persistence through the day itself,” he added, noting that he did indeed carry the ring for the whole of the 26.2 mile course.
“Although it was the end of the race, I also wanted to make it the beginning of something. It’s been a process in which we have brought the best out in each other and when another person can do that to you… You’d be silly not to grab them with both hands and keep a hold of them.”
Congratulations Rachel and Adam - proposal of the year?
In further moving news following the 2016 London Marathon, tributes have poured in for Captain David Seath, 31, an Afghanistan war veteran who died of a suspected cardiac arrest, after collapsing three miles short of the finish line on Sunday.
Running to raise funds for Help for Heroes, Seath had said he was hoping to raise as much money as possible because, “the forces community need our help and continued support.”
In a bid to further the good work he started, friends of Capt Seath are now continuing to raise money for wounded soldiers in his honour.
A Just Giving page has been set up in memory of David Seath, with over £77,425 being raised for Help for Heroes already.
Friends and colleagues of Seath are also planning to walk the final three miles of the marathon in a touching tribute, starting from the place where he collapsed.