British, Mongolian marathoners meet while running, announce marriage plans

A British marathon runner will
marry a Mongolian woman he met while running in Hovsgol national park.


Jamie Roberts, 43, regularly
competes in marathons. This summer he ran in the Mongolian Sunrise to
Sunset race in a time of 12 hours and 28 minutes. 

Roberts met his Mongolian fiancée,
Suvdmaa Ichinkhorloo, four years ago, and ran much of this year’s
race hand in hand with her.

She has won the women’s Sunrise
to Sunset race nine times in a row. 

As neither of the soon-to-be
married couple speaks the other’s language, Roberts said he is learning

“I have been trying to learn
Mongolian for some time now but have only really made good progress
this year,” he told a British newspaper. 

The Sunrise to Sunset race
takes runners through extreme weather conditions and rocky terrain over
a route going through three mountain passes in the Hovsgol national

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2008-08-31 11:25:53
That\'s very happy. Hm, 43 years old- I guess better late than never to find true love! I hope at least one of them will successfully learn other language!