Princess Beatrice works up a sweat for the Olympics

The royal joined 5,000 others for a five-mile run around the Olympic Park

Princess Beatrice joined 5,000 members of the public for a five-mile run around the Olympic Park this weekend.

The royal completed the race in 45 minutes, 45 seconds and became one of the first people in the world to cross the finish line at the track in Stratford, East London.

The 23-year-old was joined by other celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Nell McAndrew and former Sporty Spice Mel C at the event, as well as the 5,000 other exercise bunnies who had won a place by entering a public ballot.

As well as competing, Princess Beatrice kicked proceedings off by sounding an air horn and then – after a quick wardrobe change – presented medals to the race winners.

Speaking at the event, she said: ‘I am thrilled to be able to play my part in such an historic occasion and it is fantastic to see the incredible transformation that the Olympic Park has undergone.

‘I, like so many others running on the day, know that the experience of being one of the first to cross the Olympic finish line is an extraordinary moment in what promises to be a memorable year for the nation.’

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