There’s nothing like a dame to start a race

Dame Kelly Holmes will start this Sunday's Great South Run
Dame Kelly Holmes will start this Sunday's Great South Run
Ali Watson  and Katy Bradley scan finishing tokens for first time parkrunners Rebecca Howell and Jess Gwynn

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DOUBLE gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes will get the Great South Run underway in Southsea on Sunday.

She has been revealed as the race organisers’ choice for the prestigious 10-mile race, and follows in the footsteps of Dame Ellen MacArthur, who started the race last year.

Dame Kelly, who will also have a team of runners taking part raising money for the legacy trust in her name, still holds the British record in the 800 and 1500 metre distances.

The Bupa Great South Run was first staged in Southampton in 1990, before moving to its current home in Portsmouth a year later.

It is known for its fast, flat course, and the route includes the Historic Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth.

It is the only 10 mile race in the world to be given the IAAF gold label, which is means it is the best race of its type.

Previous winners of the race include Mo Farah, who won gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres during this summer’s London 2012 Olympics.