Sunday 18 March 2018

Kathryn prepares for the pain in Spain

Calm before the storm: Kathryn is off to boot camp
Calm before the storm: Kathryn is off to boot camp

Kirsty Blake Knox and Bairbre Power

My God, Kathryn Thomas is a glutton for punishment.

The Operation Transformation host is on her way to Spain this weekend to spend time pumping iron and lifting weights while drill sergeants scream in her face. Rather her than me.

But it's nothing the RTé broadcaster isn't used to. "I've worked with Doctor Eva Orsmond – they'll seem like pussycats compared to her," she said.

I caught up with The Voice of Ireland host at the launch of the All-New Audi TT preview event in the Minerva Suite in the RDS.

Kathryn and her other half, restaurateur Padraig McLoughlin, have just returned from the Kingdom of Kerry where they were circling their way around the hills and vales.

"We're very happy but we're taking it at our own pace – we haven't moved in together or anything like that," she said.

Kathryn takes over from John Murray during August and is looking forward to getting back to the studio.

The evening attracted a crowd of slick and sophisticated car buffs, poseurs and chauffeurs.

DJ Mo Kelly spun the decks while neon dance troupe Vospetron took to the stage for a standout performance.

"These are divine," Kathryn cooed as she sipped one of the TT Themed cocktails.

"Better make the most of it before I 'feel the burn' in Spain."

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