A SCARBOROUGH martial arts expert is hoping to be a real knockout in a charity fundraising effort.
Louise Smith, of Depot Lane, is taking part in her first Great North Run on Sunday.
The 24-year-old is set to pound the Tyneside streets in aid of CLIC Sargent.
She said she was raring to go despite her lack of half marathon experience.
She said: “I’m a little nervous about the race with it being my first one but I’m definitely looking forward to it.
“I’ve never done anything like this before and it has been a new challenge doing the running training.
“However, I’m excited about it and planning on going up the night before to the camp and barbeque to prepare.”
Despite being a little anxious about the run, Ms Smith, who owns the town’s Premier Martial Arts Academy, she said she had been bitten by the running bug and would be using this weekend’s challenge as a taster for things to come.
She added: “I’m not looking at targets this year and just want to finish the race.
“But once this one is out of the way, I’ll start it think about that aspect more because this is something that I definitely don’t want to do just the once.
“With me owning the martial arts academy, I’m working with children all the time and I really love that.
“Therefore, I wanted to do the run for a children’s charity which is why I chose CLIC Sargent.”