I luckily missed the Newcastleton cut off by seconds. The conditions were not the best. Thanks for helping with brake pads! It took nearly a grand total of 1 hour to fit them. How can they sell something that doesn't fit?? Anyway after that I got to the 50 miles check point with a bit of pace (Thinking to my self that I was not expecting to be riding through up rocky streams, I was expecting fire roads, the Kielder trails and a few fire breaks.) Anyway got to the piper and I thought I had missed the cut off but was told the cut-off for Newcastleton was 3pm, plenty of time then. Got to the fire road, one mile of bliss then someone shot me. Well there was a huge bang and my tyre was gone. A massive 4 inch rip in it (Thin walled Small block 8 tyre were not appropriate for the course) and I biked the last 7/8 miles with no tyre. Got to Newcastleton and was extremely tired but got a new tyre and then some lube and missed the cut off by seconds. Ah the relief, hot soup, fantastic rice crispy cake and a tent then a lift back to Kielder in the forestry mini bus.
Hats off to those that finished. Bet they don't have 900 entries next year! There were some good bits of trail but I can't remember much enjoyment only pain and cold. Oh yes nearly forgot that my chain broke as well but that was my fault.