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Rugby greats and TV stars join Sport Relief run

Gavin and Stacey stars Margaret John and Melanie Walters, and former Big Brother contestant Glyn Wise joined the thousands in the Cardiff event (Picture: Roy Paul)
Gavin and Stacey stars Margaret John and Melanie Walters, and former Big Brother contestant Glyn Wise joined thousands in Cardiff (Picture: Roy Paul)

Thousands of people and a host of celebrities have been raising money across Wales for Sport Relief.

Former Welsh rugby captains Jonathan Davies and Colin Charvis were the starters of one of the bigger events, a Cardiff run with over 4,000 entrants.

They were joined by Margaret John, the actress who plays Doris in the television comedy Gavin and Stacey.

Asked how she was feeling after finishing, she joked: "There is a word which I won't use on a Sunday".

Margaret John (picture: Roy Paul)
I can't believe I'm still standing
Margaret John, actress (Picture: Roy Paul)

Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay was the finishing line for the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile, with the choice of distances of one, three or six miles.

Ms John, who completed her mile in 30 minutes, said: "Mostly I walked - I had the odd jog in the middle.

"I'm going to put my feet up, I promise you. I can't believe I'm still standing."

This year's Sport Relief, which began on Friday, has raised more than £29m so far.

Among the other familiar faces in the Cardiff run, boxing trainer Enzo Calzaghe completed three miles in 22 minutes, and former Big Brother contestant Glyn Wise did six miles in 40 minutes.

Among the rugby contingent, JJ Williams did a mile in eight minutes, and Jonathan Davies and his wife Helen finished their three miles in 22 minutes.

In Bangor, the Milltir Ysgol Friars Mile set off from the school.

'Really energetic'

Paola Dyboski-Bryant, from Ysgol Friars PTA said the event aimed to be "much more than just a run".

She said: "We've got circus acts, the samba band, face painting, raffles and food stalls as well as music and a really energetic warm-up session run by a local trainer".

Entrants in the Sport Relief challenge had the choice of running one, three or six miles.

Meanwhile, Alex Walsh and Gary Jordan started a 160-mile walk from Ms Walsh's childhood home in Finsbury Park, north London, to their current home in Llanyrafon, Cwmbran.

The couple plan to finish the walk next Saturday.

Doctor Who's Dalek arch-enemy in a charitable mood at the Cardiff run (Pic: Roy Paul)
Fortunately, this Dalek, Doctor Who's arch-enemy, was in a charitable mood as the crowds turned out in Cardiff Bay (Picture: Roy Paul)



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