Pippa Mid­dle­ton fin­ishes 56-mile ski marathon

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In 2011, he was de­tained for al­most three months dur­ing a wider crack­down on dis­sent, and has since been in­ves­ti­gated for tax eva­sion.

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.

The win­ner fin­ished in 3 hours, 38 min­utes, 41 sec­onds. on the orig­i­nal “Star Wars” tril­ogy in the 1970s and with Steven Spiel­berg on films in­clud­ing “E.T.,” and “Close En­coun­ters of the Third Kind.”

He also was part of the team that with di­rec­tor Ron Howard made “Co­coon,” a 1985 pro­duc­tion that won an Os­car for spe­cial ef­fects.

“Ralph was a very spe­cial per­son for many more rea­sons than his un­de­ni­able bril­liance with a brush,” said a state­ment posted on the web­site.

“His in­flu­ence on de­sign will be felt for­ever. There’s no doubt in our hearts that cen­turies from now amaz­ing space­ships will soar, fu­ture cities will rise and some­one, some­where will say . . . ‘that looks like some­thing Ralph Mcquar­rie painted.’ ”

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