An RAF corporal got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend after they both completed a half marathon in aid of charity.

Last Saturday, RAF Halton Corporal Steve Roberts got down on one knee at the finish line of the Bristol Half Marathon and proposed to his girlfriend Jenny Sparrow.

As the couple came over the finish line, completing the run in two hours and 28 minutes, Steve presented Jenny with the ring that he had been carrying in his shorts pocket for the entire 13.1-mile run.

The pair were part of an 86-strong team who all ran the race for the RAF’s leading welfare charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, raising more than £11,000.

Steve’s father, Bruce Roberts, also served in the RAF as a Supplier, but tragically passed away unexpectedly in 1988 leaving two young sons, Steve who was six, and his brother Danny who was eight, and his wife behind.

The RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in and provided suitable housing for the family, enabling them to remain close to the rest of their family.

Steve and Danny were also supported with financial assistance towards their education.

Steve, 36, said: “I originally signed up for the race back in March and without giving it much thought signed Jenny up for it at the same time. As you can imagine, I wasn’t the most popular boyfriend.

“But seeing Jenny’s reaction at the finish line was all worth it. When I asked the question it’s safe to say she was shocked. She burst into tears straight away…I hope they were happy tears.”

The pair met at RAF Benson back in 2015 when they were both serving as RAF Suppliers and have been dating ever since.

Steve added: “I’ve been fundraising for the RAF Benevolent Fund for a number of years now. I wanted to join the RAF because of my father’s service. When he passed away suddenly the Fund stepped in to provide support to my family and continued to do so throughout my childhood. They really were a lifeline to us.”

Last year alone, the RAF Benevolent Fund spent £145,000 at RAF Halton supporting personnel like Steve with a range of issues, from individual grants, to relationship counselling.

Jenny, who left the RAF in July, said: “The RAF Benevolent Fund have been a huge support to Steve and his family, especially when his father passed away, so coming over the finish line was a build-up of emotions. And then I saw Steve rummage in his pocket and get down on one knee. It’s all a blur really but I just remember crying a lot.”