Prince Harry laced up his sneakers for a quick run during a visit with The Running Charity


Harry laced up his sneakers Thursday for a quick run during a visit with The Running Charity, a London-based running-oriented program for homeless and vulnerable young people.

The active royal, dressed in black sportswear, embarked on a quick 2km run in the brisk 30-degree weather alongside recent graduates of the program.

Claude Umuhire, 26, who went from being homeless to running the London Marathon and is now the charity’s program officer, said Harry took the run in his stride – even if the prince did raise an eyebrow at his attempts to wear him out during the warm-up.

“He did not find any of it hard – I think he has been training for today!” Umuhire told reporters. “But I did try to get him in the warm-up. We had a really hard warm-up. He kept giving me looks every time I said, ‘Five squats!’ ”

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The power of sports is one of Harry’s biggest platforms. In addition to his Invictus Games, which helps injured veterans achieve new goals via sporting competition, he regularly supports sports-oriented charities for children and young people across the U.K.

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The Running Charity uses qualified fitness coaches to partner with homeless charities to provide a diverse training program in regular running-based activities.


The jog through Willesden Green came after a busy night, in which Harry quietly visited the professional body for psychiatrists, the Royal College of Psychologists, “to discuss mental health of our Armed Forces past and present,” the organization revealed on Twitter.

Last week, Harry and his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Princess Kate united for their Heads Together mental health initiative, which is also working to provide support to vulnerable young people.