Katie Price was unable to complete the London Marathon on Sunday – and was instead spotted having lunch with her terminally ill mother Amy while others completed the 26.2 mile run.
The 39-year-old TV personality, who was raising money for the British Lung Foundation, was forced to quit with a knee injury and her giant lung costume was therefore carried to the finish line by police, three hours into the race.
Fans noticed that Katie had dropped out early when she was seen having tea with her mother, whose terminal lung illness was the motivation for her to take part for a second time.
Exhausted: Katie Price was forced to ‘quit’ the 38th annual London Marathon on Sunday afternoon due to a knee injury
Katie disappeared from the race’s live tracker and reappeared on Instagram Stories at 6pm, eating an ice cream with ‘family’.
Confirming that Katie had pulled out, Amy shared a congratulatory message with Katie, in which she defended the star for pulling out and explained how proud she felt for the awareness her daughter had raised for lung conditions.
‘I just wanted to say how proud I am of my daughter Katie for running the London Marathon,’ Amy said. ‘She may not have completed it but she’s raised so much awareness, it’s been worth it for the British Lung Foundation.’
With mum: Katie was running the marathon for her terminally ill mother and was even seen dining with Amy (pictured left) before the race was complete. Afterwards, Katie’s mother shared a video (right) to defend the TV personality and say how proud she was
Curious: Katie was spotted in a restaurant before the race had come to a close, prompting claims that she had not reached the finish line
Helping hand? The police officer smiled as he carry the costume over his shoulders while cycling on the road
Pushing through: The former glamour model, 39 – who sported an elaborate lung costume – recently revealed she failed to train for the gruelling race due to a knee injury
According to The Mirror, Katie was heard telling the crowds: ‘I can’t. I want to stop now’ before her tracker stopped between 10-15km of the 42km.
One fan even claims to have seen Katie enjoying afternoon tea while others including Chris Evans and Rochelle Humes were still yet to complete.
‘I’ve come for afternoon tea with @sophieannelane and both Joe Wicks and Katie Price are in the restaurant and it’s v bizarre,’ wrote the Twitter user at around 5pm on Sunday.
The former glamour model recently revealed she failed to train for the gruelling race due to a knee injury and it appears the challenge proved to much for her body.
Spotted: A police officer was spotted wearing Katie’s lung costume through the streets
Having fun: Chris Evans (left) and Rochelle Humes (right) were among the stars to complete the race on Sunday in London
Happy: Gordon Ramsey’s children Jack and Holly, 18, beamed with delight as they prepared to tackle the run
Scenes: Runners lined the streets following the gruelling race
Katie wasn’t the only runner to struggle with Sunday’s race since the 38th edition of the world-famous race was the hottest on record, with temperatures of 23.2C recorded.
Many exhausted competitors collapsed to the ground after running the 26.2 mile course in the sweltering heat, while others stood in front of fans as they desperately tried to cool down.
Mobile water stations had to be dispatched to provide runners with water after stations between miles eight and ten ran out. 40,000 runners took part in total.
Earlier in the day, fans on Instagram questionned if Katie had pulled out of the challenge after she disappeared from the marathon’s race tracker when it suggested she should be finished the course at 6:44pm.
One fan wrote: ‘She hasn’t been running since 12:43, been tracking her on the London Marathon App and she’s stopped at 15k and not moved. Looks like she’s dropped out again?’
A followers commented: ‘I have the London Marathon App which has tracked everyone else fine, she stopped at 15k and not been moving since 12:43. Thins she’s not in it now?’.
MailOnline has contacted Katie’s representatives for comment.
Working hard: Katie showcased her sporty side as she wore gym leggings, a blue t-shirt with a pair of scanty shorts
Focused: Centering attention on her heart-warming act, the television personality opted for minimal make-up
Speculation: Fans took to social media to speculate that she hasn’t finished
Support: Despite fans concerns, some of her loyal followers showed their support for the TV star and pushed her to ‘dig deep’
‘Taxi for Katie at 10k, can’t wait to hear the excuse, I’m going for knee injury despite taking 2hrs to do 10k,’ another shared. ‘She’s not moved for hours. Probably given up.’
Despite fans concerns, some of her loyal followers showed their support for the TV star and pushed her to ‘dig deep’.
A fan posted: ‘Come on Katie dig deep – you might be last but who cares – anyone got a hair band will be cooler with hair up?’
‘How so many people are hating on Kate right now for still running and due to come last,’ another posted. ‘Hats off to you Kate! Keep going, you’re doing this for a good cause.’
Another wrote: ‘Good luck Katie you’re doing us all proud keep on going Katie you’re doing great.’
Staying strong: According to the online runner tracker, Katie is predicted to finish at 6.44pm
Close bond: Katie’s mother Amy has said she couldn’t be ‘prouder’ of her daughter’s ambition to raise awareness for the lung disease IPF by taking part in the gruelling 26 mile run
Tragic: The 64-year-old, who was diagnosed with the terminal condition last year, said the past few months have been a ‘rollercoaster ride’ for the family
Bizarre: According to The Sun, the star broadcast an Instagram Live video featuring a group of teenagers before the marathon kicked off, in which she seemingly gave the youngsters ‘sex advice’
Katie previously ran the London Marathon in 2009. She completed the course despite suffering a devastating miscarriage just days before and this week recalled how she was ‘bleeding the whole way through’.
The star – who was married to Peter Andre at the time – had previously said that she ‘didn’t want to let anyone down’ when she ran the course a mere few days after discovering that her fourth child’s heartbeat had stopped.
That time, Katie was running the marathon with then-husband Peter to raise money for charities relating to her disabled eldest son Harvey’s Prada Willi syndrome.
Katie said she was in a lot of danger by finishing the 2009 marathon while bleeding.
She told Piers Morgan on a TV show shortly afterwards: ‘It’s dangerous to run when you’re bleeding that much. You can get a blood clot and I thought, “I can’t let anyone down”.
‘So, even the day of the marathon I’m running along, I keep going to the toilet because I keep checking to see if I’m bleeding and stuff. And then obviously my knee goes and I’m thinking of Harvey.
‘I’m trying to keep myself together, not to cry. I just wanted to say to people, “Just leave me alone, I’ve, I’ve just lost a baby, I’m bleeding, I’m trying to run, I’m trying my best,” but I can’t say it because, you know, it’s private.’
Katie was still worried about the strength of her knees when she returned to run the London Marathon this weekend, nine years on.
In an interview with Heat Magazine this week, she said: ‘I haven’t gone the distance I did before [in training], because my knees are damaged… But I’d rather save my strength for marathon day.’
Speaking to The Mirror earlier this week, Katie insisted that she would do anything to cross the finishing line no matter what happened during the course of the race.
She shared: ‘If I collapse, I better f***ing get up again. But even if I end up having to crawl, I will get over that line. Whatever has gone on in my life this year, I’ll put that aside on the day.’
The Loose Women panelist added that her ultimate motivation was seeing her mother’s face at the finish line.
Congratulations: Professional runner Mo Farah (left) posed with Prince Harry shortly after finishing third in the men’s race, where there was controversy after the runner was unable to find his water bottle at a fuelling station
Pictured: Sir Mo Farah makes his way past the video screen of Queen Elizabeth II during the start of the marathon
Star-studded: Presenters Charlie Webster (left) and Jenni Falconer (right) also took part in the gruelling run
Starting them off: The Queen sounded the buzzer from Windsor Castle for the beginning of the London marathon
And we’re off: The Queen chatted to Sir John Spurling, ahead of the London Marathon, which saw 40,000 runners on the 26.2 miles to The Mall
Katie joined 40,000 athletes and fellow celebs Rochelle Humes and Gordon Ramsay on the starting line for the 26.2 mile course, which she previously completed in 2009 with then husband Peter Andre.
The brunette beauty is raising money for the British Lung Foundation with hopes to increase awareness of Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) – which scars sufferer’s lungs.
After running in aid of charities to support her autistic son Harvey in 2009, this year Katie is raising money for the British Lung Foundation while hopes to raise awareness of IPF – which scars sufferer’s lungs.
Katie – who has currently raised £1,320 of her £2,000 target – showcased her sporty side as she wore gym leggings, a blue t-shirt with a pair of shorts.
Shortly before her appearance, the star broadcast an Instagram Live video featuring a group of teenagers, in which she seemingly gave the youngsters sex advice.
According to The Sun, Katie introduced the crowd to her Instagram fans: ‘Hi guys, these are all like my kids’ ages!’
‘Tell the truth kids…have I not educated you more than your teachers about…?’ ‘Sex education’, the kids shouted.
Clearly content with her commitment to the race, Katie’s mother Amy told The Sun: ‘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.
‘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.’
Others struggled: A runner was stretchered across the line by medical staff during the London Marathon after collapsing near the finish, as runners competed in one of the hottest marathons in its history
Helpers rush to the aid of a man who collapsed near the finish of the marathon, where the baking temperatures made it one of the hardest runs in the event’s history
A runner is strapped into a stretcher near the finish line by paramedics on a busy day for the emergency services this afternoon
Metres from the finish line, this runner collapsed and had to be attended by medics watching for runners overcome by the heat
St John Ambulance personnel carried fatigued competitors who were unable to make it to the finish line and required medical attention
A runner is helped by paramedics and event staff following a heroic effort to reach the finish line in London on one of the hottest days of the year so far
An athlete was forced to seek medical help close to the finish line at the Mall after collapsing to the floor during the run-in
A woman is helped over the finish line by two fellow competitors after battling the sweltering conditions during today’s race
A grimacing athlete cools off during a baking afternoon in London today, where thousands of runners are taking part in the annual marathon
Large fans are set up at the end of the race to cool down runners who managed to complete the run on what has been officially declared the hottest London Marathon on record
David Weir (left) won the men’s wheelchair marathon during a fantastic finish on the Mall
Katie recently admitted she can’t contemplate life without her mother.
The mother-of-five told The Mirror: ‘Running this marathon is important to me. I did that one for Harvey, but Harvey is still alive. My mum is dying. She’s going to die of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and none of us knew what it was before.’
The Loose Women host joined 40,000 athletes for the marathon, which she previously completed in 2009 with then husband Peter Andre.
A legion of celebs took part in the grueling run, including presenters Chris Evans, Jenni Falconer and Charlie Webster.
Ready, set, go! The 52-year-old radio host, who has returned to run his fourth marathon in aid of Children in Need, looked ready to embark on the gruelling 26.2 mile run
You did it! Broadcaster Sophie Raworth completed the course in three hours 52 minutes