Pippa Middleton to take part in "biggest cross-country ski race in the world" with brother James


Pippa Middleton to take part in 'biggest cross-country ski race in the world' with brother James

Pippa Middleton has signed up to compete in a gruelling ski race in Sweden.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is taking part in the annual Vasaloppet cross-country ski race to raise money to fight children’s hunger.

With her brother James, Pippa will be among nearly 16,000 competitors taking part in the 55 mile race on Sunday.

Just giving: Pippa and James Middleton are to take part in the annual Vasaloppe, a gruelling ski race in Sweden

Just giving: Pippa and James Middleton are to take part in the annual Vasaloppe, a gruelling ski race in Sweden

Vasaloppet race spokesman Per Strid said: 'It is now confirmed.

'We have been contacted by a person close to them who has asked us if we could arrange this.

'It’s really fantastic that such well known people will take part; it shows that our arrangements attract not only the most renowned skiers in the world but also some of the most famous personalities in the world as well!

Pippa and James will be among nearly 16,000 competitors taking part in the 55 mile race on Sunday

Pippa and James will be among nearly 16,000 competitors taking part in the 55 mile race on Sunday

'Everyone does it because it’s a challenge and achievement to ski Vasaloppet.'

Pippa, an avid athlete, is raising money for a child hunger charity.

She wrote on her JustGiving.com donation website: 'My brother and I are raising money for Magic Breakfast, a small registered charity that fights child hunger through breakfast clubs and delivering free breakfasts (bagels, cereal, juice and porridge) to thousands of state primary school children in the UK particularly our inner cities.'

Vasaloppet is an annual long-distance cross-country ski race held on the first Sunday of March in Sweden between the village of Salen and Mora.

It is one of the oldest, one of the longest and considered the biggest cross-country ski race in the world.

Pippa is an avid athelete

Pippa, pictured after completing a 5km race in the GE Blenheim Triathlon last year, is an avid athlete