CHARITABLE Chester cyclists braved heavy rain to raise funds for research into a rare disorder.

Ninety-five riders took part in this year’s Chester Challenge, raising more than £1,500 for Dravet Syndrome UK.

The event was organised by Dawn Paterson, of Oscroft, whose son Harley, six, has the syndrome – a rare form of epilepsy that causes up to 40 seizures a month.

Dawn said: “The rain didn’t really let up very much, but I had fantastic feedback from all riders who took part who thoroughly enjoyed the routes and cake stops despite the awful weather.”

Participants chose from four countryside routes from 12.5 miles to 80 miles in length, starting and finishing in Chester.

Funds raised will go toward a grant for a new genetic research project run by neurologists in Glasgow and at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Dawn thanked volunteer marshals, support staff, Cheshire County Officers Club and Nick Moore of Cycle 69 in Hoole, who offered mechanical support on the day – as well as taking part in the 80 mile ride.

Dawn is now organising a Geneva to Nice sponsored cycle, as well as planning next year’s Chester Challenge.

Anyone wishing to join Team Dravet on any of their fundraising cycles, or to offer support at future events, should call Dawn on 07967 405330.