The Winning Proposal Story

With Leap Year only being every 4 years we decided to celebrate this unique occasion, we asked our H.Samuel followers to submit their proposal story.

We are pleased to announce that we have a winner, Michelle Willson . Please see below for her lovely proposal story:

My proposal was certainly an event that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.

I met my fiancé Andy at my British Military Fitness class where he is one of the instructors. Our shared passion for fitness and fun in the great outdoors brought us together and I found my soul mate whilst being put through my paces in the mud and rain!

Early last year Andy managed to convince me to undertake the challenge of a lifetime with Help for Heroes, and we joined Team True Spirit in their mission to get 4 disabled teams of injured service personnel and veterans to complete the Enduroman Arch to Arc challenge.

This is an ultra triathlon consisting of an 87 mile run from Marble Arch to Dover, a swim across the English Channel, and finish with a 181 mile cycle from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. We entered in relay teams of 6, and although we set out on our training together, Andy and I were to be on different teams.

My team was an all-female team with three of the members in wheelchairs, and we were the last of the four teams to finish, some 55 hours and 23 minutes after leaving Marble Arch. It was totally exhausting, but the surprise that was waiting for me at the finish line made all the tiredness and pain disappear.

On reaching the Arc de Triomphe, not only did we set a world record for becoming the first all-female team to complete the challenge, but having had no contact with Andy since Dover and hearing that his team had finished many hours before, I had no idea that he had remained in Paris to cheer me and the girls in.

Then, once we’d had team celebrations and media photos taken, with the Arc de Triomphe as a backdrop, Andy dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was totally unexpected and I was totally overwhelmed and elated with the whole situation. It didn’t even sink in at the time that I’d just got engaged to my soul mate and best friend in the most romantic city in the world. A perfect end to an amazing weekend! Now we can plan our special day and look forward to a lifetime of happiness together <3 ☺

Congratulations to Michelle and Andy from us all at H.Samuel!