Running royalty: Pippa Middleton toughs it out at Great Wall marathon

Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, ran the Great Wall marathon in China on May 21 and is an avid runner.

Pippa Middleton
Pippa Middleton
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Philippa Charlotte “Pippa” Middleton, the younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, completed the Great Wall marathon, which involves climbing 5,164 steps, in China on May 21. She ran the gruelling marathon, a quarter of which is run on the Great Wall of China, in 4:54:11 and has a history of attempting and finishing challenging races.

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In June 2015, the 32-year-old completed a marathon in Kenya in 3:56. She also completed a 4,800-kilometre ride, known as the Race Across America, from California to Maryland in 2014.

According to Hello! magazine, Middleton ran the Great Wall marathon for the British Heart Foundation, a charity that she’s involved with as an ambassador.

The sister-in-law of Prince William finished in 13th among women and fourth in the 30-34 age category. More than 800 runners completed the race which was run on one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

Middleton’s appearance wasn’t the only race highlight. The women’s race was won by a Canadian, Hannah Andras Muir-Hutchinson, according to the race results. She finished one minute ahead of the second-place finisher in 4:25:35.

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Middleton can be seen at the 2:33 and 2:42 marks of the race video, which can be found below:

Middleton served as the maid of honour at her older sister’s wedding with Prince William in 2011. The Great Wall marathon, first held in 1999, is put on by Adventure Marathons, which also hosts races in the polar circle and in Petra, Jordan among others.

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