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Kelly Holmes

Thomas's gutsy win proves a welcome distraction

Charlene Thomas did not quite kiss the Union Flag crest but it was clear how much it meant to the Wakefield Harrier not just to wear a Great Britain vest on the second and concluding day of the European Team Championships in Stockholm yesterday, but also to surge to victory in it. "Ooooooh, I'm so excited," she said in the wake of her 1500m win, bouncing up and down on the steps of the 1912 Olympic Stadium like a West Yorkshire version of Tigger.

My Secret Life: Kelly Holmes, athlete, 40

My parents were... My mum and my stepdad took me to my cross-country races all the time. They didn't really get involved, they weren't pushy parents, but they were happy to take me.

Clitheroe's quantum leap keeps her in the running

There are three British athletes occupying pole position in the continental rankings going into the European Indoor Championships next week at the Palais Omnisports in the Bercy district of Paris. Dwain Chambers leads the way in the 60m. Mo Farah does so in the men's 3,000m. And then there's Helen Clitheroe in the women's 3,000m. The remarkable Helen Clitheroe.

The battle for Barking

Cahal Milmo reports from the east London constituency where Nick Griffin is trying to unseat a Labour minister

Glad to have been a Girl Guide

It is 100 years since girls stormed a Boy Scout jamboree, demanding to join in. The Guides have come a long way since then, reports Rachel Shields

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Dame Kelly Holmes: Heart of gold

After her triumphs of Olympics past, Dame Kelly Holmes is helping a new generation of athletes reach the top, she tells Mike Rowbottom