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Natasha Cockram is the Welsh record holder in the marathon. 

She is from Newport but has recently moved to Norfolk so she can’t wait to compete in the Welsh capital. She switched to the marathon in 2018. She will be using the Cardiff Half as part of her preparation for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

She said: “I love coming back and racing on home soil. I last did the Cardiff Half in 2017 and the atmosphere was amazing. The route takes you past all the brilliant things we all love about Cardiff. I’ve already achieved the standard for Commonwealth Games but this weekend will be a good benchmark for me to see where I am at. After the last two years, it will be great to be back racing through the streets of Cardiff.”

Here’s her 6 top tips if you’re getting set for the start line.

1. Set out your kit and your race number ready the night before so you're not rushing around trying to find something on the morning of the event

2. Make sure you have your food, nutrition and drinks ready. Don't be tempted to change what you take with you at this stage - just do what you've practised

3. Get the rest you need. Avoid screens before bed to get a good night's sleep.

4. On the day of the race, keep your routine the same. Get up early enough so you can have a decent breakfast and so it can digest before the race starts. I tend to have porridge with banana or peanut butter on toast. Try to keep things fairly plain.

5. Arrive in plenty of time to allow for parking, to figure out where you need to be and do your warm up.

6. Relax! You've done the training - now enjoy the experience. Good luck!

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