'T-Rex' proposes to girlfriend while running London Marathon
PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 April 2018
A Nailsea man proposed to his girlfriend of eight years during the London Marathon... while dressed as a T-Rex.
Chris Jones, aged 27, joined 40,000 runners taking on the hottest marathon on record on Sunday but went the extra mile when he dressed up as a 7ft dinosaur for charity.
If that was not enough, he also decided to pop the question to his girlfriend Katie Parker, who was standing with their family at the 12.5-mile mark on Tower Bridge.
Chris, who ran under the name Roary, told the Times: “It was an interesting day, I had a number of problems with my costume – the fan and the water pack broke – which meant I had to run a couple of miles without it on.
“Just before I got onto Tower Bridge, I was able to change into a back-up costume.
“The idea first came to me 12 months ago when I signed up to run the marathon for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
“We don’t do that much romantic stuff as we are both quite silly but it was great to surprise Katie and it was the most romantic spot for it.
“I was joined on my run by my soon-to-be father-in-law Phil Parker, who ran as a Jurassic Park ranger, my handler.
“He was in on the proposal and carried the ring for me.”
Temperatures reached 23.2C in London, with Chris coping with 30C inside his costume.
He said: “It was really tough and very hot.
“I had a boost of adrenaline for the first couple of miles after the proposal and in the finishing stretch but it was hard work.”
Chris also raised more than £3,500 for his chosen charity, in support of Katie’s cousin, James, who suffered a life threatening infection when he was just 20 months old.
Chris said: “James was on holiday with his family when he fell over a rock and grazed his elbow. A few days later when they were back in the UK he started developing a high temperature.
“He quickly worsened and was taken to A&E by ambulance.”
James had contracted a new strain of virus, similar to the MRSA super bug, which was unresponsive to antibiotics.
He had to undergo a series of operations but he is now seven and has made a full recovery.
To sponsor Chris, visit www.justgiving.com/trexmarathon