At the end of the event Pat was congratulated by countless racers who took the time to come up to him and thank him for an excellent event. Of course all the people who left and failed to endure the endurance event that it was wouldn't have seen that.
The Vets category didn't receive prizes. That was made clear at the start of the presentation by Pat who explained that they weren't an official category but he wanted them to be recognised on the podium and be applauded. Had a VET team won in the category they were in they would have obviously been awarded prizes for winning the category they were in - as happened with the other un-prized category, the Armed Forces. Their team won in their Sport category for which they received prizes and then they were asked to step up to the top spot so the crowd could applaud them for being the top Forces category too.
If it's all a bit too much of a hassle to be invited to stand on the podium I'm sure Pat can be persuaded to drop that next year and just stick the main categories for prizes and ignore the Vets and Forces riders. If the point is that if you are asked to stand on the podium and be recognised then that's of no value unless it's accompanied with a bag of freebies then point taken. I'll pass that on to Pat.
It was 24hr Endurance event held at a long standing 24hr endurance venue that in many previous years has been lauded as a great venue but has always had a reputation for getting tough in the wet. This weekend it was wet and it was tough and it was a real test of endurance.
Congratulations to all those many hundreds of riders and their teams who succeeded in enduring the whole event. Judging by the smiles on Sunday there were lots of you and you enjoyed the event
Strangely I seem to have come back more crippled and injured than any of the riders in the three teams we had racing and I wasn't racing. I'm sat here with a hot wheat bag on my neck
Results will be available as soon as we have them from the timing guys as will our gallery of pics from the event.