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Sheffield cyclist proposes after race at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 27:  Cyclist Chris Pritchard of Scotland proposes to his partner during competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 27: Cyclist Chris Pritchard of Scotland proposes to his partner during competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • by Sam Jackson
 

A Sheffield cyclist has proposed to his girlfriend after racing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Chris Pritchard, from Ridgeway, near Sheffield got down on one knee to propose to his partner Amanda Ball in the stands at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The 31-year-old had just finished competing for Scotland in the keirin and was still wearing his race kit.

He leapt from his bike and clambered into the stands to wear Amanda was sitting with the couple’s young son, Milo.

Cheers filled the velodrome as Pritchard punched the air in celebration when his partner said yes.

And it was lucky she did, after Chris had finished only third in the race to decide who would be seventh place finisher in the men’s keirin.

Chris later admitted planning for the proposal had taken several months.

But, despite having the big question on his mind, he said it did not stop him focusing on the race.

Chris said he had not told anyone about what he got planned in case the secret got out, but hairdresser Amanda knew the proposal was coming at some point.

She said she had been nagging - and that the ring he slipped onto her finger was uncannily similar to one she had left a picture of on their computer scree

 

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