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Dame Kelly to run her first marathon

Dame Kelly Holmes will run this year's London Marathon Credit: ITV Meridian

She's Britain's most successful female middle distance runner and still holds the British records for both the 800 and 1500 metres.

But ten years after she won double gold at the Athens Olympics Dame Kelly Holmes from Kent is stepping out of her comfort zone and into this year's London Marathon, which takes place this Sunday.

She hopes to raise a quarter of a million pounds for five charities, including two local ones close to her heart.

Army of volunteers join ITV Local Heroes

There are hundreds of community sports clubs right across the South East, and it's thanks to an army of volunteers that many of these clubs survive. This summer ITV, in partnership with the charity Join In, is aiming to get 100,000 people to sign up as volunteers. It's part of ITV's Local Heroes campaign. Dame Kelly Holmes knows only too well the importance of volunteering. Helen Plint reports.

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Dame Kelly to launch 'Taste of Tonbridge'

Dame Kelly Holmes with the Olympic Torch last year at her old school Hildenborough School, at Tonbridge Castle Credit: Press Association Images

Tonbridge town centre will be a hive of activity today as double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes starts off a dragon boat race and launches 'A Taste of Tonbridge' - a free day out for the local community to celebrate all that Tonbridge has to offer.