Dame Kelly Holmes may have had a fully-fledged sporting career already but the 45-year-old claims she’s just a big kid at heart.
The gold Olympic medal-winning star admitted she gets super excited taking part in fun events outside of her regular work as a middle distance athlete, namely the Dubai Electric Run.
‘I am looking forward to it! Any run at night time is quite exciting - it puts you in a mind-set of going out and doing something enjoyable. What I like about it is the combination of music, neon lights and adventurous course lands which makes the event so appealing,’ the British runner said. ‘I’m a big kid at these places; I throw myself in and just enjoy it and encourage everyone else to.’
Daman’s ActiveLife Electric Run in Meydan, Dubai, takes place on November 6 2015 and will see people of all ages take on the 5K course.
And it wouldn’t be Dame Kelly’s first trip to the city either, she has been a regular visitor to the region in recent years.
She’s a Daman ActiveLife ambassador and is closely involved in the health insurance company’s community-related sports initiatives.
Tickets went on sale this week and cost Dhs185 for individuals, however if you sign up in a team of four of more people you can each get entry at a discounted rate of Dhs165. But get there quickly, as prices will increase from September 5.
‘This is attainable for everybody, the distances aren’t that far in the scheme of things and it’s something that seems enjoyable and exciting,’ Kelly continued. ‘You’ve got a whole range of things going on – colour, music, lights - and in people’s head they think about how much fun they are having and forget that they’re actually running. There will be a fantastic atmosphere.’
And she should know -the biggest highlight of her running career was at the Athens Olympics in 2004 when she won gold in both the 800 metres and the 1,500 metres.
The Electric Run will feature seven themed ‘wonderlands’ which include Electro Rainforest, Rainbow Road, Candy Lane, Neffmaus Land, Colour Brick Road, The Powerhouse and Under the Sea. Since 2013, more than 30 cities have hosted the event and for the first time Abu Dhabi will set its sights on the spectacular for early 2016.