Wedding bells are in the air for a Baker & McKenzie trainee solicitor who proposed to his long-term girlfriend after crossing the finishing line at the 30th London Marathon.
Third seat trainee Luke Moghaddas-Davies pounded the streets together with more than 36,000 people in the annual epic 26.2 mile challenge from Greenwich to Pall Mall on Sunday, finishing the course in an impressive two hours and 58 minutes.
He said: “I ran all the way with the ring in my back pocket and it really spurred me on throughout the race. It was an amazing atmosphere and proposing was the perfect way to top off a truly fantastic day.”
But not only did he manage to complete his first marathon in record time and propose to his girlfriend Yvette Page on the finishing line, he was able to raise more than £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care.
Meanwhile, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) trainee solicitor Fay Lambert ran the course in five hours and raised more than £2,000 for children’s charity Get Kids Going.
She was joined by fellow BLP trainee Ruth Whorton and newly qualified solicitor Louise Trotter, who completed the race in 4 hours 15 minutes and three hours 43 minutes respectively.
Both BLP employees ran the course for charity, with Whorton raising £1,000 for The Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre and Trotter raising the same amount for The International Spinal Research Trust.
Elsewhere, Lovells trainee Hugo Lidbetter managed to raise just under £4,000 for McMillan Cancer Care and smashed his way through his first marathon in just three hours 29 minutes.
Graduate Diploma in Law student John Jarvis, who studies at Kaplan Law School, finished in four hours and 37 minutes. He raised £1,500 for the Spinal Injuries Association and said the circuit was definitely something he would love to do again.
Elsewhere, BPP’s head of web strategy Chris Jennings completed the course in an impressive three hours 40 minutes.
He said: “Probably the most humbling moment for me is when a guy ran past me who had lost his legs and was running with sports blades. That is truly inspirational.”
As usual, many turned out in fancy dress and many thousands more ran to raise money for hundreds of charities. One paraplegic army veteran Major Phil Packer crossed the finishing line at the Virgin London Marathon in 25 hours and 55 minutes, meeting his target to complete the route in 26 hours for 26 charities.
Among the runners were Princess Beatrice, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, singer Natalie Imbruglia and a man dressed as the Angel of the North.