So it feels as though the entire world is caught up in Royal Baby fever following the birth of the new British prince, George, to William and Kate. But what are the odds that he’ll ever run a marathon?
Well if past form is any prediction the odds aren’t as good as you’d expect.
The marathon has a close affinity to the Royal family historically, as it was at the 1908 London Olympics that the modern day length of 26.2 miles was set so that the monarch was able to have the race start at Windsor Castle and finish in front of the Royal Box at the Olympic Stadium.
Despite the fact that we have them to blame for making us run further (the Olympic marathon prior to 1908 was 25 miles) you might be surprised to hear only one royal has ever competed in a marathon – and it was a princess only three years ago!
Despite finishing in 5 hours, 15 minutes and 57 seconds, Princess Beatrice managed to set a world record when she took part in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. Her finish came as part of a 34 person ‘human caterpillar’ and set the Guinness World Record for the m0st number of marathon runners tied together.
That said, the chances still remain slim for George. Despite his Great Grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II having ruled for 60 years and having had the London Marathon run past her palace each of those years, it is reported that she has never once actually seen any of the race. Maybe we should send a pair of little running shoes to encourage him on his way…