Dunwich Dynamo all nighter can’t defeat Oscar, 11

Oscar Keep, 11, stops off in Sudbury as he takes part in the Dunwich Dynamo. ANL-160721-111442001
Oscar Keep, 11, stops off in Sudbury as he takes part in the Dunwich Dynamo. ANL-160721-111442001

After taking part in the famed cycling challenge the Dunwich Dynamo for several years, either on the back of his dad’s bike or taking a shortened version from Sudbury to Dunwich, this year Oscar Keep, 11, from Middleton, was determined to complete the whole thing on his own two wheels.

The overnight race sees thousands of cyclists on a variety of pedal-powered machines cycling from London to the Dunwich coastline, with a traditional plunge in the sea to finish.

Oscar Keep prepares to take on the Dunwich Dynamo ANL-160727-105201001

Oscar Keep prepares to take on the Dunwich Dynamo ANL-160727-105201001

As far as his dad Simon can tell, Oscar was the youngest competitor as the pair completed the challenge which took place overnight on Saturday, July 16.

The event sees thousands of cyclists pass through, with an official rest station this year held at Sudbury Fire Station, where there was a barbecue.

Despite cycling an exhausting 200km, Oscar is keen to do it again, maybe even joining those crazy enough to cycle back to London after.

However his overnight exertions did mean the Pebmarsh St John The Baptist Primary School pupil fell asleep in the classroom on the Monday.

Oscar Keep took part in the Dunwich Dynamo ANL-160722-151711001

Oscar Keep took part in the Dunwich Dynamo ANL-160722-151711001

The Sudbury Cycling Club member said his favourite part was ending and jumping in the sea in Dunwich, surprisingly saying it was his arms that hurt the most, not his legs.

Oscar likes cycling, usually riding his bike once a week, but he does not see himself taking it up competitively, no Chris Froome in the making just yet.

However, the atmosphere of joining thousands of people racing through the countryside, part of a constant stream of lights, means Oscar is likely to ride in the event again.

Family friend Suzanne Lui, who went to watch Oscar cycle through Sudbury, said she feels the town should make more of the annual spectacle, as thousands of potential hungry and thirsty customers passed through.

Cyclists gather outside Sudbury Fire Station during the Dunwich Dynamo ANL-160721-111507001

Cyclists gather outside Sudbury Fire Station during the Dunwich Dynamo ANL-160721-111507001

Cyclists gather outside Sudbury Fire Station for a re-feed during the Dunwich Dynamo. ANL-160721-111455001

Cyclists gather outside Sudbury Fire Station for a re-feed during the Dunwich Dynamo. ANL-160721-111455001