Double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes does Horsham Parkrun


Double Olympic Gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes took part in Horsham Parkrun as part of her London Marathon training and bid to raise £250,000 for charities close to her heart.

Holmes, who won Gold for GB in the 800m and 1500m events in 2004, led hundreds of runners at the weekly event in Horsham Park this morning (Saturday February 27).



She took group selfies with runners and said taking part in parkruns was the ‘fun side’ to her marathon training.

Holmes, 45, from Kent, said: “It’s been nice to interact with people and if I can make it fun, it’s great.

“Parkruns are everywhere round the country full of lovely people all doing it for various reasons.

“For me, I’m doing the London Marathon - hating every minute of it so this is the fun side and I’m trying to raise £250,000 for five charities.”

She complimented Horsham’s joggers and joked about the course’s hills and mud.

Helen Walden, Horsham Parkrun run director, said: “A lot of people have struggled on with last lap because they tried to keep up with her.

“People have really enjoyed it, it’s given a lift to everyone’s running.”

Conor Lutton tweeted: “@horshamparkrun I was cheesed off, @damekellyholmes made it look so effortless while I need a lung transplant. Gereat to see her there though”

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