When runner Aron Spence got down on one knee he was waiting for the answer ‘Yes’ and not a starting pistol.
Aron (23), met his bride-to-be, Julie Scott (34), at the weekly Falkirk parkrun event in Callendar Park.
He proposed to her on the first anniversary of their first date at Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland last December.
And Aron went the extra mile, planning his proposal without Julie knowing a thing about it with the help of a few friends.
A personal trainer at Falkirk’s Bannatyne’s Health Club, Aron got pal June Cram to make him a bright pink banner with the words ‘Julie Will You Marry Me’.
He also called on the help of friend Lisa Lake, of Stenhouse School of Dance, who organised a flash mob which was waiting to surprise Julie when she reached the run’s finishing line.
Bruno Mars’ hit song ‘Marry You’ started up, the banner was unfurled and the flash mob danced as Aron got down on bended knee in front of Julie and their fellow parkrunners.
Aron said: “I wasn’t nervous until I saw her running towards me. She looked confused. She was talking about how badly she had run that day and then she saw the banner. And then she cried.
“Thankfully it was tears of happiness and she said yes in the end. I wanted to do it on the anniversary of our first year together
“Since our first date was at the Winter Wonderland it is going to be a winter wedding, but we haven’t set a date yet.”
Mother-of-one Julie, from Carron, who is a fifth dan black belt tae kwon do instructor and current world champion for under-52 kgs patterns, said she didn’t take it all in as events unfolded.
She said: “I stopped and all the other runners were passing so I was more focused on finishing so I could get my time for the run that day.
“I didn’t say yes at that point, I said I was going to kill him and was saying how bad I had run but I did say yes eventually.”
She added: “We recreated our first date that night by going back to the Winter Wonderland in Edinburgh, but there’s a lot of organising to do now.”