When 25 year old medical student Liska van Laren dashed into the Midmar dam to swim her first aQuelle Midmar Mile outside Howick in KwaZulu-Natal on Valentine’s Day – she did not foresee the surprise that was waiting for her at the finish line.
Swimming at a faster pace than normal, chartered accountant Rowan Budding, 27, the man she had been dating for nine years, had to ensure he got to the finish line before her – so he could meet her on bended knee with a ring to present to her in a surprise wedding proposal, Maritzburg Sun reported.
And when Van Laren, got out of the water, her thrill at finishing her first race turned to joy, upon seeing Budding, who had no hesitation in asking her to be his wife.
Without a moment’s hesitation, a breathless Van Laren accepted and now plans are afoot for a wedding some time at the end of this year.
Following in his parent’s footsteps – they got engaged on Valentine’s Day almost 30 years ago – Budding said his decision to propose to Van Laren after the race was spontaneous.
“I entered the aQuelle Midmar Mile with friends in January with no intention other than participating in the race. It was only recently that I got the idea to propose to Liska at the finish line.” he said.
“We have always done just about everything together and share similar interests. We fit well into one another’s lives which made it easy for me to know that she was the one,” said Budding.
An ecstatic Van Laren, who described the proposal as “being swept of her feet” said she would marry Budding “tomorrow if she could”.
With no wedding date set as yet, the couple, however, plan on tying the knot in the Midlands area.
– Caxton News Service