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By Benjamin Johnstone
Gareth is heading our way!

A RUGBY star will be passing through Annandale tomorrow (Fri) as part of a huge charity effort and he's urging everyone to get out and give him a cheer.

Former Welsh Rugby League and Union star Gareth Thomas, who is taking part in a mammoth 500 mile cycle challenge from Cardiff to Aberdeen for Sport Relief, arrives at Gretna Green tonight for an overnight stay and will leave there in the morning on the next leg of his adventure, which passes through Lockerbie, Johnstonebridge and Beattock.

He has the job of transporting the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Trophy through three home nations to The Event Complex in Aberdeen for the awards ceremony this Sunday.

Friday morning will see Thomas and celebrity guests from the world of entertainment and sport begin their Scottish leg travelling through Dumfries and Galloway as they head all the way to Whitburn courtesy of a solo bike and a Quattrocycle.

Gareth said: “I want to help break the cycle of the stigma and raise vital funds for Sport Relief projects that include supporting mental health issues, homelessness, domestic abuse, LGBTQ+ discrimination and vulnerable people.” He added: “I am going to really need the support of people across the UK to get me through this.”

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