Pippa Middleton completes charity ski race



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Mar 5, 2012, 13:01 GMT

The party planner – who is the sister of Duchess Catherine – and her brother James Middleton were among 15,800 skiers braving subzero temperatures for the 50-mile Vasaloppet challenge in Western Sweden and both did well in the contest.

Pippa’s finishing time of seven hours, 13 minutes and 36 seconds was described as ‘very impressive’ by race veterans and she insisted she wasn’t disappointed to finish 26 minutes behind her brother.

Asked if she was upset at the result, she said: ‘No, that was probably fair.’

Per Strid, a spokesman for the Vasaloppet race, said: ‘I must congratulate Pippa – she had a fantastic performance. What she achieved was really impressive for a first timer. She was obviously very fit and in very good shape.’

Pippa – who came 412th out of 1734 female competitors – admitted she had ‘never really skied cross-country before’ but she and James had done ‘lots of fitness training’ to prepare for the race, which they entered to raise money for the Magic Breakfast charity, which provides morning meals to underprivileged children.

Coming in ahead of the Middleton siblings was Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, who arrived 5531th out of the 14,072 men in the race with a time of 6:36:32.

Jorgen Brink beat the course record to win for the second year in a row with a time of 3:38:41, while Norway’s Vibeke Skofterud was the highest-placed woman, crossing the line at 4:08:24.

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Pippa Middleton completed a gruelling cross-country ski race in a ‘very impressive’ time over the weekend.

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton

The party planner – who is the sister of Duchess Catherine – and her brother James Middleton were among 15,800 skiers braving subzero temperatures for the 50-mile Vasaloppet challenge in Western Sweden and both did well in the contest.

Pippa’s finishing time of seven hours, 13 minutes and 36 seconds was described as ‘very impressive’ by race veterans and she insisted she wasn’t disappointed to finish 26 minutes behind her brother.

Asked if she was upset at the result, she said: ‘No, that was probably fair.’

Per Strid, a spokesman for the Vasaloppet race, said: ‘I must congratulate Pippa – she had a fantastic performance. What she achieved was really impressive for a first timer. She was obviously very fit and in very good shape.’

Pippa – who came 412th out of 1734 female competitors – admitted she had ‘never really skied cross-country before’ but she and James had done ‘lots of fitness training’ to prepare for the race, which they entered to raise money for the Magic Breakfast charity, which provides morning meals to underprivileged children.

Coming in ahead of the Middleton siblings was Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, who arrived 5531th out of the 14,072 men in the race with a time of 6:36:32.

Jorgen Brink beat the course record to win for the second year in a row with a time of 3:38:41, while Norway’s Vibeke Skofterud was the highest-placed woman, crossing the line at 4:08:24.


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