Sudbury: Seven-year-old will cycle 60 miles to help charity

IT would be fair to say that seven-year-old Oscar Keep is happier on two wheels than he is on his own two feet.

The Pebmarsh primary school pupil rode his new bike the four miles from pre-school to his home in Middleton – without stabilisers – when he was just three years old.

Tomorrow he is set to tackle an even bigger challenge when he joins his dad Simon Keep on the second 60-mile leg of the annual Dunwich Dynamo cycle ride.

He has completed the challenge – which is a through-the-night bike ride from Hackney in London to the Suffolk coast – before as a pillion passenger on the child seat of his dad’s bicycle. But this time he will be using his own pedal-power.

Mr Keep said: “He is an absolute natural on a bike and he enjoys it so much.

“When he was toddler, it was raining so much during one of the Dunwich Dynamo rides we were taking part in, that he ended up wearing a black bin liner – but he wasn’t bothered in the slightest.”

Oscar has been training in his full cycling kit on relatively short distances of around 15 miles around his home village.

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But yesterday, he was taking a break, according to Mr Keep, who added: “He has been resting for a couple of days before the big event just like the Olympic athletes because we don’t want to wear him out.

“His mum, Holly, is going to drive the route just in case he gets too tired to carry on at any point, and she will be there to provide him with energy-boosting snacks to keep him going along the way.”

Oscar usually cycles for fun, but he is doing the Dunwich Dynamo challenge to raise money for the SMILE Fund – a charity that offers complementary therapies to those who would benefit from, but cannot afford the treatments.

Oscar gained help from reflexology through the SMILE Fund when he was suffering from health problems, and he wanted to support the cause by way of a thank you. So far, he has already raised �110 from donations.

To support Oscar’s challenge, visit www.thehealing-house.com and click the SMILE Fund page.

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