A large group of riders crossed the finish line at Diemersfontein yesterday, among them a mix of trail veterans and rookies alike. Each had their own stories to tell of the highs and lows over the last three weeks spent riding the Freedom Trail. Charl vd Spuy earned his second Finisher’s Blanket, posting his quickest finishing time to date of 16d7h10min. For Ingrid Avidon, this was Blanket number three, her finishing time of 16d8h55min was the second fastest ever for a lady. Nigel Payne earned his second Blanket, also posting his quickest finishing time to date of 18d11h40min. For trail rookies Bruce Koller and Lance Rorich, it was their first Blanket each, both in a time of 19d9h15min. Andrew Walker also received his first Finisher’s Blanket in a time of 21d9h15min. For trail veteran Chris Morris, this was Blanket number four, in a finishing time of 20d9h12min.