Stevenage doctor in 127 mile TV bike race

Rabia Osman (left) and John Logan (far right) with fellow team mates Andy O’Brien and Matt Degnan, p

Rabia Osman (left) and John Logan (far right) with fellow team mates Andy O’Brien and Matt Degnan, presenter Hannah White (centre) - Credit: Archant

A doctor is appearing in a TV documentary tonight (Monday) after taking part in a 127-mile bike race.

Dr Rabia Osman, who works as a GP at the St Nicholas Health Centre and Lister Hospital’s A&E department in Stevenage, will appear in Wonga Challenge Presents: Go Hard or Go Home on Channel 5.

The 51-year-old took part in The Bone Breaker – a race in the Pyrenees mountains in France and Spain which every year attracts 8,000 hardcore cyclists who have spent up to a year training for it.

Dr Osman and fellow participant John Logan, a doctor from Milton Keynes, had just 12 weeks to prepare for the challenge held in June last year.

“It was an incredible and truly life-changing experience, and I would recommend it to anyone,” said Dr Osman.

“I have never undertaken anything like this before in my life and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was even harder than I could have imagined but when something like this comes up, I think it’s really important to grab it with both hands. Being a doctor you often have to give people information about how best to live their life and be healthy and I feel like I’m only just following my own advice.”

The show’s presenter Hannah White, said: “My dream with this project was to give people the opportunity to experience the incredible, life defining moments you get in competitions. Setting yourself a goal, working towards it, and eventually achieving that goal is a feeling that I wanted everyone in the show to experience. So much is possible if you work hard, believe in yourself and never give up.”

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Wonga Challenge Presents: Go Hard or Go Home airs on Channel 5 tonight at 8pm.