The Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke is returning to the Great North 10k Gateshead this July to warm up the thousands of runners who are taking on the North East's biggest 10k running event.
Personal trainer Katie, who found fame on BBC's The Apprentice in 2014, will warm up the 5,000 strong crowd who will take on the scenic route around the NewcastleGateshead Quayside.
She will then run the 10k event herself as part of her training for the Great North Run this September, where she hopes to complete her personal best of 1 hour 50 minutes.
Katie, who lives in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, said: “This event is so accessible in terms of location and transport links for so many people in the North East, it's almost a crime if you don't take part.
“If we want to be fitter and healthier as a region and change the the national perception of the North East, then we've got to get out there, move more and just give new things a try.
“It's a great buzz to be able to warm up a crowd of over 5,000 people, especially in the North East.
“Our region often gets a lot of bad press regarding poor health and physical activity stats but this shows there is a lot to be celebrated.
“For me, the Great North 10k Gateshead and the fact that thousands of people turn out and take part is a huge reason to cheer!”
The Great North 10k Gateshead returns to the region on Sunday 3 July, with participants taking in the sights of Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Gateshead Millenium Bridge before finishing inside the iconic Gateshead International Stadium.
This year, for the first time the event will also include the Great North 10k Family Mile and Great North 10k Toddler Dash, designed for children up to 15 years old to enjoy getting active with their family members.
Katie, who works hard to get families across the North East more active, gained a wealth of experience from the show and has offered a few tips for those who want to push themselves to achieve their goals.
After her time on The Apprentice, Katie focused on achieving her dream expanding her fitness business this summer to give something back to the industry.
The UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012 added: “Whether you want to pursue a career in health and fitness, take part in a running event like this one for the first time, or run a personal best, having the right mind set is key.
“It's important to have the right training plan to follow but it's also essential to believe in yourself.
“Don't run the course telling yourself how tired you feel, how much your feet hurt or how tough it is.
“Instead, give yourself some positive messages and tell yourself you can do it, that you're running well and that you're giving it your best.”
With limited entries available, enter the Great North 10k Gateshead and the Great North 10k Family Events here: Greatrun.org/north10k