Although Kate is able to practice and loves running, tennis, skiing and even hockey, the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t allowed to take part in public races. Owing to the Firm’s strict protocol, her interest in running can only be fulfilled in a private setting.
On Tuesday, the Duchess was seen riding a mountain bike during a visit to the Windermere Adventure Training Centre (Northwest England) with RAF Cadets but she would have never been allowed to ride the same bike in a cycling race.
In Cumbria, Kate undertook engagements aiming to further promote her belief that spending time outdoors can boost the mental and physical wellbeing of both children and adults.
Among those the Duchess met were Holocaust survivors Ike Alterman and Arek Hersh.
According to Kate’s friend Bryony Gordon on ITV’s Loose Women, the Duchess is not allowed to run in the London marathon, or any public race, because of one royal reason.
Back in 2017, The Heads Together mental health campaign, spearheaded by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, was the marathon’s Charity of the Year which meant all three royals attended the race launch.
After being introduced to the royal and her charity at the marathon, Bryony asked the mother-of-three if she would be running it, to which Kate told the host, security concerns prevented it.
Kate said: “Oh no, security and all that.”
To which Bryony teasingly quipped: “If I can do the marathon, you can.”
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While Kate wasn’t able to run the 26.2-mile marathon herself, she did take part in a 100-metre sprint with Prince William and Prince Harry during a training day with the Head Togethers team.
Prince Harry was the fastest out of the trio.
One Middleton who is allowed to run marathons is Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, who completed her first marathon in Kenya in 2015.
On her decision to take part in the gruelling 42km course, she explained to HELLO!: “I decided that a marathon was a ‘life box’ that needed ticking and this year was my time – despite it being one of the toughest in the world, with temperatures rising to more than 30ºC, at an altitude of 5,550ft and with the possibility of bumping into lions or rhinos.”
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Pippa completed the race in three hours, 56 minutes, and was overcome with emotion when she got to the finish line.
She also completed the Great Wall marathon in China, which involves climbing 5,164 steps, in 2016.
She ran the gruelling marathon for the British Heart Foundation, a charity that she’s involved with as an ambassador, and completed the race in 4:54:11.
She finished in 13th place among women and fourth in the 30-34 age category.