We got 12 miles into the school C2C ride yesterday when Gti Junior's bottle jumped out of his cage, distracting him on a fast, steep, wet downhill corner under trees. Nobody actually saw what happened but the rider at the back of the group, a qualified nurse and a family friend, came across him unconscious on the verge with the bike on top of him and a lot of blood around his face. One of the kids told me they had seen him crash so I shot back up the hill to find him just coming round, very confused. Ambulance took us to Carlisle hospital where the wonderful Casualty staff sorted him out and took scans and X rays. The result: badly bruised jaw, lots of abrasions and a small fracture of the cheek bone. During the two hour drive home late last night he was sick and this morning he is asleep and seems OK. I found the bottle ten feet away on the top of the verge. A local farmer looked after our bikes, his is badly smashed up but I'm hoping it's just the bars and a brake that need re-setting and the front wheel straightening. Will wash off all the mud later and check. His head left a two-foot scar in the mud and the helmet is clogged with mud and abraded and his riding glasses covered in mud and blood but look to have taken some impact and protected his right eye, which is badly bruised. What a terrible shock, my eyes are filling up as I type this; there's nothing worse than finding your child covered in mud and blood by the roadside.