Pacific Coast News
July 03, 2015 10:25 AM

Taking on two extreme sporting events in six days it’s clear that Pippa Middleton means business when it comes to sport.

But it’s also the key to her romance with long-term boyfriend Nico Jackson.

“They are both very sporty and outdoorsy people so they are very well suited in terms of their hobbies,” a source who has spent time with the couple tells PEOPLE.

Middleton recently completed the 54-mile London-to-Brighton bike ride and ,six days later, the super-fit 31-year-old took on the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya, running 26.2 grueling miles in both high-altitude and hot temperatures.

While in a more corporate environment, 37-year-old Jackson, an investment banker in Geneva is also a keen athlete. His love of sport is said to stem from his parents who are both skiers and run a ski and sports shop in Folkstone, England, where Jackson and his sister grew up.

Although now enjoying a long distance relationship, the couple who have been dating for over two years still manage to find time to share their love of sport – playing tennis, skiing (the couple took part in the 26-mile Engadin Ski Marathon together) and biking whenever they can.

“He’s very charming and they like the same things so they are in a good match in that way,” adds the source.

Why Princess Charlotte Is the Perfect Baby!

The couple, who were first spotted together on a Middleton family vacation in Mustique back in 2013, were last spotted enjoying a romantic trip to Venice, Italy, just before the birth of Middleton’s niece, Princess Charlotte.

As Auntie Pippa jets back to the United Kingdom for Charlotte’s christening at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate on Sunday, royal watchers will be keen to see if Jackson makes the guest list.

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