Running for empowerment

Lessons from Dame Kelly’s Takeover

Running certainly makes for a strong body but if you want to argue that the benefits of a gruelling marathon, or a weekly 5k end there, you’ll have a hard time persuading retired British athlete, Dame Kelly Holmes.

Guest editing the second Woman’s Hour Takeover on Radio 4 yesterday, Kelly presented sport as a transformative force that’s as mentally beneficial as it is physically.

Kelly recalled how getting involved in athletics helped her find a positive focus during childhood. ‘Going out on the playing field put me on a level playing field’, she recalls. ‘I felt good about myself. I felt free’.

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Kelly also highlighted the fact that sport equips you with valuable, transferable skills : when you’re faced with a challenge, in work as in sporting life ‘you have to use the same sort of determination…and motivation… to achieve.’

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