Pippa Middleton among Swedish ski marathon racers
Britain's Pippa Middleton, center, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reaches the finish line of the 88th Vasaloppet cross country ski marathon in Mora, Sweden, Sunday March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Ulf Palm)
Published Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:32AM EST
MORA, Sweden - Jorgen Brink of Sweden set a course record in winning the 56-mile Vasaloppet cross-country ski marathon Sunday, while charity racer Pippa Middleton ended 412th in the women's race.
It was Brink's third consecutive win in the race. He clocked 3 hours, 38.41 minutes, beating compatriot Daniel Tynell, who finished second, and Stanislav Rezac of the Czech Republic in third.
The ideal snow conditions also helped Vibeke Skofterud of Norway set a course record in the women's race, which she won in 4:08.24, ahead of Laila Kveli of Norway and Seraina Boner of Switzerland.
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge -- the former Kate Middleton -- finished the traditional Swedish ski marathon in 7:13:36. However, she lost the royal battle to Denmark's Crown Prince Fredrik who completed the course in 6:36:32 to finish in 5,530th place in the men's race.
Pippa and her brother James, who clocked 06:47:27, were competing in the Vasaloppet race in sunny conditions, alongside 15,800 competitors to raise money for the 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. Vasa fled after failing to gain support, but the Mora locals changed their minds and sent their best skiers to bring him back.
It stretches from the village of Salen near the Norwegian border to the central town of Mora.