Ultra marathon ends in marriage
TYMEKA Mibus' anguish turned to elation in the seconds after crossing the finish line after running and climbing 100km in the North Face ultra marathon event at Leura in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney back in May, 2010.
As Tymeka and her partner, Caine Warburton, breasted the tape at 2am after 18 hours on the trail, Caine dropped to one knee.
"I thought he was injured or having a heart attack so I had my heart in my mouth," Tymeka said.
But Caine entwined his fingers in those of Tymeka and asked, not for medical help, but her hand in marriage.
How could she refuse?
Fellow competitors and officials gave the Tweed Heads couple a rousing cheer as they sealed the occasion with a kiss.
Caine and Tymeka Warburton have had a long run of good luck ever since they met in Darwin in 2008.
That run of luck includes that marriage proposal two years later, the tying of the knot on October 15 last year and running thousands of kilometres in training and successfully competing in long distance races such as marathons and ultra-marathon events.
Lady Luck and the Australian Army's renowned training enabled Caine to survive unscathed, deployments in East Timor and Afghanistan, to now have a "cushy" job as an army recruitment officer in Coolangatta.
Tymeka, who worked in OH&S in the construction industry, is only a few weeks off finishing seven months basic training with Queensland Police Running - and love - are the glues that keep this relationship on an even keel.
Since meeting, the Warburtons have competed in a swag of ultra marathon events all over the eastern seaboard - last year they contested 13 events in which the distances ranged from 45km to 100km.
Why compete in such an energy sapping sport?
"The body must be in good shape to compete in the races but just as importantly you need to be very strong-minded to put yourself through many hours running, jumping and climbing."
The Warburtons intend to celebrate their marriage with a belated "wedding run" at the 2012 North Face event in May when around 1000 competitors from all over Australia and overseas line-up to face the starter's gun.
If you are reading this article this morning, the Warburtons, who are sponsored by Ron Hill Down Under Clothing and Science & Sport Nutrition, are probably still out on the course in the annual Kathmandu Adventure Race at Wild Horse Mountain on the Sunshine Coast.