Katie Price pulls out of London Marathon after fans spot her in cafe mid-race
Katie Price has been forced to pull out of the London Marathon after suffering a knee injury.
This morning she was all smiles as she set off for the epic race dressed as a pair of lungs.
But things weren’t going well for the reality star at the 15km mark, with Katie falling behind the safety trucks before she’d even passed the half-way point of the 26.2 mile challenge.
"I can’t, I want to stop now," she complained on Evelyn Street in Deptford as fans willed her on shouting: "Come on Katie you can do it!"
Soon after her tracker stopped dead between 10k and 15k with no further distance being tracked by the GPS device.
Later, a policeman was spotted wearing her lungs costume on his back as he cycled to the finish line.
Katie – who previously vowed to "crawl" the race if she had to – was taking part in the annual challenge to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation after her mum Amy was diagnosed with a terminal lung condition.
But taking to Instagram tonight, she has insisted that as long as her "mummy is proud that’s what matters".
She wrote: "I did train for the run, tried my best in a heavy outfit and if my mummy is proud that’s what matters to me."
"I just want to say how proud I am of my daughter, thank you for doing the marathon," Amy said in a video.
"She may not have completed it but brought so much awareness to the British Lung Foundation."
Katie then blew a raspberry to everyone who has criticised her attempt.
At her projected pace she was expected to finish the race at 7pm this evening in just under eight hours – four hours over the average pace for female runners.
But instead, Katie uploaded a video of herself enjoying an ice cream with her mum and sister.
"Ice cream time with mummy and sister," she laughed.
Despite knowing full well what the endurance challenge entails, Katie previously admitted she hadn’t trained at all.
She attempted the marathon once before – back in 2009, where she was helped over the finish line by then-husband Peter Andre after she injured her knee during the challenge.
This time around she failed to clock in the 20-mile preparation run recommended for the race – so struggled to go the distance.
And a niggling knee injury stopped her in her tracks.
"I haven’t gone the distance I did before, because my knees are damaged," she previously told Heat magazine .
"But I’d rather save my strength for marathon day."
Katie was wearing the standard London Marathon tracking device that is handed out to all participants as she set off at 11am this morning.
The device is usually attached to a runner’s laces and Katie was spotted passing the eight mile mark at 2 hours and 24 minutes at 1.15pm this afternoon.
But at 2pm, fans noticed that Katie’s tracker had gone down just before the 15km mark – and didn’t move since.
According to her tracker, Katie was in the same place on the route for three hours.
And one fan claimed they spotted her in a restaurant near where her tracker stopped in Poplar.
"I’ve come for afternoon tea with @ sophieannelane and both Joe Wicks and Katie Price are in the restaurant and it’s v bizarre," the fan tweeted.
"Katie Price is supposed to be doing a marathon lol not having tea," another added.
But Katie’s mum Amy told the Sun that she was still proud of her daughter: “I am so proud of Katie. The last few months have been a rollercoaster ride for my family.
“The main thing is that we raise awareness of what is a much-neglected health area, so the people with the power to do something take notice and act.
“I have a terminal lung condition that took far too long to be diagnosed.
“A national plan for lung disease will help patients get the right diagnosis and early access to the right treatment and care.
“Everyone who runs the London Marathon does it for their own personal reasons and the journey they’ve been on.
“It means something to everyone. And for Kate it’s about me.”
Katie added: “Somebody dies from lung disease every five minutes in the UK.
“It’s important that we raise awareness of the need for fast, accurate diagnosis and the best treatment."
Mirror Online has contacted Katie’s representative for comment.
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