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Pippa Middleton completes 56-mile Swedish ski race

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Britain's Pippa Middleton, center, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, comes in to reach the finish line of the 88th Vasaloppet cross country ski marathon in Mora, Sweden, Sunday March 4, 2012.   Middleton made the 90km (56-mile) cross-country ski marathon from Salen to Mora in just over 7 hours, finishing in 412th place in the women's race. (AP Photo/Ulf Palm)  SWEDEN OUT
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Britain's Pippa Middleton, center, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, comes in to reach the finish …

MORA, Sweden (AP) — 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, 13:36 minutes, alongside 15,800 competitors in bright sunshine.

Middleton told Swedish broadcaster SVT she had only prepared for the race for "a couple of weekends" and admitted it was tiring.

Pippa and her brother James, who clocked 06:47:27, 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, 38.41 minutes.

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