Army of cyclists raises thousands on 200-mile trek to support boy with epilepsy

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An army of cyclists have raised thousands of pounds for a youngster with epilepsy after a mega 200-mile challenge.

Rik Osborn, from Peterlee, and his friends, tackled the Coast and Castle charity ride in a mere three days - braving rain and storm-force winds along the way.

Rick Osborn and his 10-month-old son Oliver Osborn who suffers from severe epilepsy.

Rick Osborn and his 10-month-old son Oliver Osborn who suffers from severe epilepsy.

But they were only 30 minutes behind schedule when they reached their finishing point at Peterlee Catholic Club.

Along the way, they took in castles from Edinburgh down the coastline to raise money Rik and his partner Danielle Coils’ two-year-old son Oliver, who suffers from migrating partial epilepsy in infancy.

Oliver suffers more than 100 epileptic seizures a day and the money raised will go to the Epilepsy Research group.

The team – of cyclists Rik, Kyle Osborn, Christopher Baker, Gary Colledge, Colin Docherty, Christopher Hall, Shane O’Brien, Greg O’Brien, Dale Laverick and Paul Fletcher as well as back-up duo Stephen Owen and John Chisholm – battled through winds of up to 60 miles per hour.

We got lots of support on social media. People were coming up to us and saying they had seen us on Twitter. We were getting donations through the night at times

Rik Osborn

The cyclists hoped to raise £3,000 but flew past that target, and with funds still coming in, the £4,000 mark looks possible.

Rik said: “We got lots of support on social media. People were coming up to us and saying they had seen us on Twitter. We were getting donations through the night at times.”

The team had hoped to cycle to Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island but the 60mph winds meant they had to walk there.

People can still support the charity effort by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teamollie1