Velo cycle race: mare and foal die

hopscotch bandit

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I've just heard but its all over social media how a mare and foal died when a bet was unable to drive down a road that was closed as part of the route of the Velo cycle ride on Sunday. The foal was stuck and the vet called. The mate eventually haemorraged. So very sad.
 

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Makes you wonder if they would have let an ambulance through doesn't it?

Vet should have rammed his way through.
 

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There was a 100 mile cycle race round here on Sunday, no roads were closed but it was a bloody pain and a faff! Trying to get past a bunch of lycra clad W******S that are riding 3 or 4 abreast on busy roads, not looking when they cross rounds or come out of junctions etc. I am surprised no one got splatted!
 

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Apparently a cyclist also died and a marshall was seriously injured- only heard via social media though.
 

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Apparently a cyclist also died and a marshall was seriously injured- only heard via social media though.
The cyclist was in his 50's, died of severe head injuries later in hospital. Huge sympathies to his family. You would think it would be safe when all the roads are closed. So sad
 

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Apparently it was in a steep bendy downhill section near Colehill. Sounds like he lost control and crashed.
 

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The Marshall was subjected to road rage attack and broke a hip. The vet was held 1.2 miles away from the farm for 20 minutes. Can't copy and paste the details but info on BBC News website.
 

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‘In Knowle, Solihull, horse-owner Helen van Heyningen said a mare and her newborn foal also died as road closures meant vet Jack Wallace could not reach them in time.
He told the BBC a steward would not let him through the road block for more than 20 minutes, and when he arrived the foal had already died and the mare was "undoubtedly suffering and thrashing on the ground".
"If I had been able to get to the foal in a timely fashion, there is a good chance I could have saved either the mare or foal," he said.
Organisers said they were "extremely saddened" to hear the news and had started an investigation.’
 

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Copied and pasted from another horsey forum

Just a quick Google around leads to a significant company behind this. CMS Active Ltd and CMS Sport and Entertainment International Ltd (Lord Coe is a director). All clear on Companies
House if you have a look - this is a big organisation. Also there appears to be no planning requirements from the council etc for these sort of events (?). Having organised a public event
for 3 years planning is where it all starts. Surely if they had to apply for planning from the Council these events would have little chance of gettting off the ground, we had to produce
a traffic management plan, approved by the police and AA signs for miles around in advance. Massive public liability insurance was needed also.


So a profit making organisation is running this event I sincerely hope Ms van Heynigen has good solicitors and sues them for damages. If the vet had been able to get there in a timely manner he might have saved one or even both of them. Even if not saveable at least they would have been given analgesia +/or PTS instead of suffocating (foal) bleeding to death (mare). What an increadibly horrible situation to be in and have to witness.
 

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So 17,000 riders taking part cheapest entry fee was £83, next level £120 and the Business 100 class would have been even more expensive as that type of entry had a hefty hospitality package attached. So minimum income from entries would be £1,411,000!!! The event had heavy sponsorship as well so a bit of a nice earner especially as it was primarily manned by volunteers.
 
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