Little did occupational therapist Tarryn Cawood of Rondebosch suspect when she entered The Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge 2012 that she would end the gruelling race as a brand-new bride-to-be, but that’s exactly what happened when long-time boyfriend Anton Engelbrecht popped the question as they finished the race together on Saturday.
And the proposal wasn’t even planned: Engelbrecht simply slipped the ring into his pocket that morning hoping that “the right opportunity” would present itself during the 37km course.
Engelbrecht, who owns a painting contracting business, says he wasn’t really nervous about going down on one knee in front of fellow runners, spectators and Crazy Store MC Trevor Ball (dressed as a giant chicken on one of the hottest days of the year so far) because he was too busy concentrating on the heat and trail as well as keeping his knee injury in check.
“I was really emotional as Tarryn and I finished the race together and decided to go for it – it was the perfect opportunity. We’ve been together for eight years ever since mutual friends introduced us on Long Beach in Kommetjie and it just felt right.”
For the record: Tarryn did say “yes”.
Just under 800 runners completed the 37km run, which starts at Kloof Nek and follows a trail past Kirstenbosch, Orange Kloof and Suikerbossie before ending back at Kloof Nek. A donation of R40 000 was raised for the Honorary Park Rangers, who patrol Table Mountain and surrounds.