Hey Simon, it's me Mrs Coops!!
So pleased to hear from you on this thread and to hear that you're doing well. My, my you did make a pickle of yourself sir indeed! You came off on the red route, after the long north shore, before you meet the green bridge, I think it is post no. 123? I'm not sure on how much you remember so I will fill you in on what I know. When we got to you (Me & my friend Gabby) there was a man with you who moved you off the trail, they said you were barely conscious & face down when they reached you so I guess that must have been fairly soon after you crashed. we decided you needed more room (as it is very narrow in places there) and as we got you up you were very wobbly, so we quickly got you down again in another roomier spot. Gabby was great as she had recently done a first aid course, she chatted with you and got some gear off us all to keep you warm. By this time you came around a liitle bit and told us you were freezing. On this, I basically stopped most riders going past to nick anything they could offer and kindly, we ended up with 3 foil blankets, four coats and a couple of buffs! Your face was obviously in need of attention and my friend Gabby was great in sorting you out and keeping you safe (airways ect. addmittedly I was hopeless, not good with blood!. You could visibly see that your cupids bow (top lip) had gone, tooth was loose/missing and your nose looked broke). You complained of hand pain and it did look swelly and a bit dodgy. My friend Gabby and around 6 other people were about looking after you when I had to go as my 11 y old daughter was ahead of me so I was worried that she hadn't done the new parts of the red and could get into trouble so I caught up with her and brought her back so I was away for around 30 min. the team assisting you were fab and more came to join in my absence. When I returned I think all were getting worried as it was around 1 hour since they had called for help, you were quiet, everyone was quiet (probably subconsciously worrying) & cold but on my way back I saw the ambulance heading up the lane for us, this news seemed to perk everyone up when I told them what I saw. My friend Gabby was sat behind you to keep you propped up and warm so I swapped with her as she was getting chilly... (I have natural layers that probably/definately shouldn't be there but on that day they came in handy lol!) We had a natter and about 5-10 mins later the paramedics arrived...Hurrah! They give you the once over, we helped you onto the stretcher, tied you up, then wrapped you up like a turkey, then 8 of us assisted in carrying you to the truck. 6 people carried with 2 extras incase a swappage was required. You were then carried to a spot just after the green bridge to the truck, you were loaded on and off you went! I believe that when they got you to the trail centre you were taken immediately by ambulance to the hospital as they were concerned for you, and rightly so! All that I can say is that I am, so pleased you are on the mend, I really felt for you that day. I had a bad bash up and I know how really REALLY nasty it feels and your crash brought a lot of it back to me - I so felt for you! Luckilly for both of us we had great people around us, all of them mountain bikers:-) My helpers of which I am still friends with today! I had a great feeling of gratitude that there are some great people in the world when I was an observer of your crash (except for your mates ha ha!). I do hope time heals for you as it did for me and we get to see you again on the trails soon when you're better.