IT was a charity run that turned into a “heart-stopper” – and not because of over-exertion.
Newlyweds Adam and Amanda Ferrier, pounding the streets for Sunday’s Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, said they were “devastated” after Adam looked down to discover the £800 palladium wedding ring bought for him by his Californian wife had vanished. Frantically back-tracking in a desperate search, the couple were even helped by stewards and concerned passers-by – but were eventually forced to pull out of a race they had been anticipating for weeks.
Hours of hunting in the summer sun proved fruitless and the couple – who only tied the knot in May – feared the worst.
Literature graduate Amanda, 28, who met her 26-year-old sales engineer husband during an exchange year at Edinburgh University, said: “I was completely devastated. You hope for the best but prepare for the worst – we’d resigned ourselves to the fact it was gone forever.
“I bought the ring for him in California and no other would replace it.
“We went home to our flat in Abbeyhill and we were saying to each other, ‘it’s just a ring and we’ll get another one’. But the whole time I was thinking that I just couldn’t believe he lost it.”
Hours later, after putting posts on the Bupa Facebook page and Gumtree, the couple’s suffering ended when Amanda went to grab a towel after taking a shower – and saw her husband’s ring fly out. “We were ecstatic but it feels a bit ridiculous now,” she said.
Bupa has even offered the couple free spots in this year’s winter event, which they’re happy to accept.
But Adam said: “It was a heart-stopping moment realising the ring was gone – I’ll probably get it re-sized before doing any more running.”