7 April 2011 SPORTS JOURNAL
RUNNER OF ROYAL ORIGIN
Text: Kristina Bugarski
The Belgrade marathon is the most important sports event in Serbia, which
gathers over 20000 participants, as well as huge crowds. This year it will host
representatives of the Royal Karageorgevitch Family, Crown Prince Alexander II
and Crown Princess Katherine. They will come to support Prince Philip, who will
run a half marathon. This will be not a first event of this kind, that Prince
Philip takes part in. He graduated Arts from London University.
HRH Crown Princess Katherine, HRH Prince Philip, Ms Lucy Attwood and HRH
Crown Prince Alexander
I have only ever participated in one full marathon. This was the Athens
Classic Marathon on 31st October 2010. A few weeks before the Athens Marathon I
participated in a half marathon in Henley, UK.
Based on his experience on 42.195 km track in Greece, he would never
recommend this race to beginners.
I ran the Athens Marathon in 4 hours and 39 minutes. I was hoping to run it
much faster but I was not prepared for how difficult it was! The Athens marathon
is challenging course as a lot of it is uphill, and it was hot. I was so happy,
and lucky, that I finished. I would not recommend the Athens Marathon for any
first time marathon runners. I ran the Henley Half Marathon in 1:48, I was happy
with that result. One day I will run a full marathon in 3:30! The older of twin
Athletics is not the only sport that Prince is practising.
I do enjoy many other sports. I love snowboarding, surfing, swimming and
tennis. I also love playing pool, though I don’t know if you can call it a
The Prince reveals how often does he work out and describing his
I regularly workout, maybe three or four times a week. I vary my training
routines as much as possible. I do lots of free weights, core exercises, cardio,
interval training and more. I like to keep my body guessing, I find this
strategy very effective and efficient.
What are you expectations for the 24th Belgrade Marathon and how do you
will to run on the streets of Belgrade?
I just hope I will get through the course! But I am very much looking forward
to running through the streets of Belgrade with our citizens and friends from
all around the world. I would like to wish everyone participating the very best
of luck, concluded Prince Philip, probably the only Royal participant who will
run 21.1 km track on April 17.