The second to last leg of the day proved tough – several riders in pain with ongoing injuries as well as one rider who had fallen and been dragged a short way. The fallen rider was checked over and with no serious injury, was fine to continue after painkillers and rest. Likewise for the other riders who sought help from us at horse station 25 – painkillers, rest and some morale boosting chocolate from the back of our vehicle were the order of the day to see them on to the next station.
The heat in the middle of the day can be gruelling on the Steppe. We were keeping a watchful eye on all of the riders, when one of them sat down on the dusty ground shortly after arrival. As we approached, it became clear the rider was in a confused and semi collapsed state. The rider was rapidly removed from the horse line to a urtuu, cooled and given intravenous fluids by Medic 1.
After treatment the rider stated they felt better than they have done for days.
Our medics are utterly comprehensive in their treatment. So much so that when our race photographer Richard Dunwoody took ill, not only did they patch him up, they also took over his camera-work for the day. As you can see from the results, a bloody good effort they made too.