Picture Credit - Sam Riley / Comic Relief
Yesterday, rugby star Gareth Thomas completed the toughest and most intense physical challenge of his career for Sport Relief, pushing himself to the limit to cycle 500 miles across three nations in just seven days.
The Tour De Trophy saw Gareth cycle a mammoth 12 hours a day for seven days straight. His mission was to raise life-changing cash for Sport Relief, but also to deliver the BBC Sport Personality of the Year trophy from 2018 winner, Geraint Thomas’ hometown to the lucky 2019 winner - live on stage in Aberdeen.
Last night, the former Welsh and British Lions rugby captain ended his week-long journey at the P&J Live Arena in Aberdeen. He delivered the trophy in time to crown England cricketer, Ben Stokes, the Sport Personality of the Year winner at the live awards ceremony.
En route, Gareth travelled through three nations and numerous towns and cities, including Ludlow, Warrington, Kendal, Greta Green, Whitburn and Dundee. Gareth switched between a solo bike and a Quattrocycle, four-person pedal bike, with the additional seats filled with friends and familiar faces from the world of sport and entertainment, as well as people who have been supported by money raised by Sport Relief.
While raising money, Gareth learnt about the work being done to tackle stigma in the UK, that Sport Relief makes possible, and it highlighted some of the great work that addresses injustice on home turf.
Gareth said: “We all deserve to live without being stigmatised for who we are. Everyone deserves acceptance. Everyone should be celebrated and feel able to access support. 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.”