This is the heartwarming moment a London marathoner proposed to his girlfriend as he crossed the finish line on Sunday.
A video shared online shows Kieran Watt, 33, of Stoneleigh, Epsom, holding up a banner asking, “Kayleigh, will you marry me?” as he comes to the end of the 26-mile race through the capital.
Family and friends can be heard cheering as they surround the couple, while his now fiancée Kayleigh Byrne, 32, appears shocked with her hands over her face.
The clip shows Kieran, who works as a mortgage adviser at Watt Mortgage, removing a ring box from his waist bag while getting down on one knee.
Moment Kieran Watt, 33, shows sign to girlfriend Kayleigh Byrne, 33, and asks her to marry him
In a video, admin manager Kayleigh says yes and the couple hug and kiss as their lovers clap and cheer
‘Still can’t get over it’: said Kayleigh, pictured hugging her now-fiance Kieran after his proposal
Amid the excitement, the ring falls out of the box and onto the floor, but he quickly picks it up again and asks Kayleigh, “Will you marry me?”
The admin manager, also at Watt Mortgage, says yes and the couple hug and kiss as their loved ones clap and cheer.
Kayleigh told the Mail Online: ‘I still can’t get over it, I can’t believe it happened, it was a total shock.
“All our families are overjoyed and they are so happy, we are just so excited.
“It was all very surreal, in the video you can hear someone screaming because they saw the Kieran sign first and they all gathered around me and told me to go to him, I had no idea what was going on with the hand wash.’
The couple has been together for 11 years and shares three children.
Kieran told the Mail Online: ‘I had been planning to propose marriage for over a year, but it was difficult to find the right moment in the midst of Covid.
“I started training for the marathon in July and in my head I had the idea of proposing her at the end of the race, I wanted to make it as special as possible.
“For her, she was probably thinking of the time!”
Kayleigh hugs a family member amid happy tears after her engagement to Kieran on Sunday
The happy couple all smile as they hold up Kieran’s sign after their engagement
Kayleigh proudly shows off her engagement ring after being proposed to at the finish of the London Marathon
The 26.2-mile race was Kieran’s first-ever marathon, completing it in three hours 57 minutes.
Kieran’s mother Dee Watt said the family had “no idea” he was going to propose (Picture: Kieran and Kayleigh moments after their engagement)
“I had to secretly wear two fanny packs, one to carry the sign and one to carry the ring, luckily that wasn’t too obvious.”
The 26.2-mile slog was Kieran’s first-ever marathon, which he completed in three hours and 57 minutes.
He added: ‘It was such a brilliant experience, around two hours it can destroy the soul, but the cheering crowd and scenery made it much easier.
“Also the thought of proposing en masse helped me a lot, and I met a running partner at the start of the race who promised to stay with me to make sure I made it to the end to meet Kayleigh.”
Kieran’s mom Dee Watt added, “We had no idea he was going to propose!”
Kieran had been training for the marathon for 11 weeks because he came in late.
He raised £2,812 for Cancer Research UK.