The 27-year-old will join thousands of others in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, on May 8 for the Ignis Asset Management Women’s event.
Despite being fit, slim and full of energy, Diane Knox-Campbell, as she is properly known, has no illusions about how hard the run will be.
She said: “I think when you are slim, and have done the occasional 5K, people say, ‘Oh, you’ll do a 10K no bother’ -- but it’s not true.
“I need to build up my fitness, and stamina, and it is not easy. I have done a few 5K races, but never a 10K. So it is time to move up, and the challenge appealed to me.
“I have always liked running, because it is a great escape from a busy day. Presenting radio shows can be pretty stressful at times, but when you are running you can forget everything else.”
Knoxy, who is DJ on the station’s Monday-Friday 10am-2pm show, runs with husband, Craig, 27, who, she says, “pushes” her to keep going.
“No, really, he has to push me along the street,” she says. “When I feel like stopping, he ‘encourages’ me to keep going. He plays football part-time for Nairn County, so he is much fitter than I am.
“If we are not training together I will stick my headphones on. And then there’s the Two O’Clock Running Club, which is great fun...”
Knoxy and her Clyde 1 colleague Shebahn Littlejohn have formed the club to motivate each other to train for the 10K.
Shebahn, 20, from Old Drumchapel, is traffic reporter on the breakfast and drive-time Clyde 1 shows, and also hosts her own show in the small hours of Sunday.
She ran the women’s 10K last year and manages to fit her training around a punishing work schedule.
She said: “I get up at 4.30am, do the traffic with George Bowie and Suzie McGuire in the morning, maybe run for an hour or so and get some rest between the shows, then back for drivetime ...” she explains.
“I have been doing Irish dancing for 16 years, which helps with the stamina for running.
“Taking part in the 10K last year was incredible -- what a feeling it was crossing the finish line … amazing.”
Knoxy joined Clyde 1 in October, fulfilling an ambition she admits she thought might never happen.
“It feels like a dream, to be here -- it is the best job in the world,” she says.
“Suzie McGuire, George Bowie, Robin Galloway -- these are the biggest names in Scottish radio, people I admired and respected, and to be sandwiched in between them all is fantastic. I feel privileged to be here.
“I always knew I wanted to be involved in the media in some respect -- I was fascinated by it, because it seemed so fast-moving and exciting.
“I suppose when I was younger, it was all about being on TV, maybe being the next Blue Peter presenter.
“But after I graduated in media studies from Glasgow Caledonian University, I spent some time on a trainee programme at Moray Firth Radio and I loved it.”
Moray Firth Radio loved Knoxy, too, and she spent six years as one of the station’s hottest properties, before moving from her home city of Inverness to Glasgow’s South Side to take up the job at Clyde 1.
“Glasgow was my home when I was at uni, and it is great to be back in the city,” she says.
“Listeners are very friendly here -- they just want to be involved in the show so much, and they are so welcoming.”
Last year was a big year for Knoxy -- as well as joining Clyde 1, she and Craig got married in June.
“We met in a nightclub. He was a bit inebriated and asked me out. I said no at first but then I crumbled …”
Knoxy has been the focus of considerable media attention, not least because she posed naked to publicise her show in Inverness.
“It is very flattering when people write nice things about you, but it does put pressure on you, particularly if you have to go along to events,” she admits.
“People build up a certain image of you on the radio, which you have to live up to -- even if some days I turn up in my trackies, hair not brushed. That’s the beauty of radio.”
Knoxy and Shebahn are big fans of Glas-goals, the Evening Times’ health and fitness campaign, which encourages everyone to make small changes to their diet and lifestyle in an attempt to become healthier and fitter.
“It is a great campaign, and it makes sense to set yourself small goals you can achieve,” says Knoxy, who will keep a training diary for the Evening Times, in the run-up to race day.
As well as pounding the streets of the South Side with Craig at her side, she plans to step up her fitness regime in the gym.
“Well, I’ve JOINED a gym, which is a start,” she says.
“I am also going to keep up with Zumba, do some spin classes, and I am thinking back to Higher PE at school, when we did interval training and pyramid training in the hope that might also help.
“I am going to set myself some goals, things I can work towards and, I hope, achieve along the way.
“Sometimes it is difficult fitting in training round work, but you just make time, don’t you?
“I enjoy it -- sometimes it can be a chore, but as the nights get lighter and the temperatures improve it will get easier.”
Not one for faddy diets, Knoxy believes if you exercise, you also have to eat.
“I eat like a horse,” she admits. “Both Craig and I do -- we eat enough for four people at dinner, but we do try to eat healthily.
“No ready meals, only the occasional takeaway … chicken, salads, pasta. There is lots of pasta -- and that’s good for runners, isn’t it?”
To keep everyone up to speed on how well she is doing, Knoxy will be keeping a diary for the Evening Times, media partner for the Asset Management Women’s 10K, and sharing the highs and lows of her training with us over the coming weeks.
With just under 12 weeks to go she has put together her first instalment.
KNOXY’S 10K DIARY
My name is Knoxy, and I am not a runner. I keep saying that to people and I need to stop it -- positive mental attitude and all that ...
I love going to the gym and keeping fit (when I’m not lacking in motivation) and I like going to spin classes and Zumba dance sessions.
I have signed up to run the Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k around Glasgow in May because I thought it sounded fun.
Thousands and thousands of women pounding the streets together, helping each other through the pain of moving our little legs back and forth -- how could I say no?
Of course, there are also the fitness, health and wellbeing elements too, which are important and a good incentive to torture my body.
If you do not run regularly, the thought of doing it for an hour or so seems like an extremely daunting task. But I think if you set yourself regular goals it will feel a lot easier.
My training programme has officially started. I am starting with lots of short, regular runs. For example, the other day I went running in the park for half an hour, which is a good start.
I have also set up a Twitter page -- you can follow my progress on @clyde1knoxy.
We all have to start somewhere.
HOW TO ENTER
Take advantage of “early bird” offers through the official race website www.runglasgow.org, which gives a discount of up to £7 to runners entering online before March 18, or up to £14 for entering both the Women’s 10K and the September Great Scottish Run. Online registration is available at £20.
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