Pippa Middleton finishes 56-mile ski marathon
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Pippa Middleton has completed a 56-mile cross-country ski marathon in Sweden — taking a respectable 412th place in the women’s category.
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge — the former Kate Middleton — finished the Vasaloppet ski race in 7 hours, 13 minutes, 36 seconds, alongside 15,800 competitors in bright sunshine.
Miss Middleton told Swedish broadcaster SVT she had only prepared for the race for “a couple of weekends” and admitted it was tiring.
Miss Middleton and her brother, James, who clocked in at 6 hours, 47 minutes, 27 seconds, raced to raise money for children’s charity Magic Breakfast.
The competition is one of the world’s oldest cross-country races and is based on Gustav Vasa’s attempt to gather peasants for a revolt against occupying Danes in 1522.
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