Documentary series following the people who work on the A1. Police race to the scene of a head-on collision, a milk lorry overturns, and a reckless speeder is tracked down.
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The A1, Britain's longest road...
..stretching almost 400 miles from the City of London
to the heart of the Scottish capital.
Connecting two nations and passing through 18 counties,
it's an unrivalled highway,
used by hundreds of thousands of vehicles every day.
We're going southbound down the A1 on the northbound carriageway.
But not all journeys go to plan.
I thought, "I'm going to lose my life."
Cars are coming close.
It is a dangerous place to be.
Lives can hang in the balance.
The rear-end of that vehicle is unrecognisable.
This is actually the bodywork of the car.
24 hours a day...
It's not a safe place, here.
..there's a team of people who keep us safe from harm.
We don't know whether they've got the road closed
-or we don't know what's happened.
-..and traffic officers...
..keeping Britain's most iconic road...
-..on the move.
Substantially damaged flatbed truck in lane two.
The A1, the monster that it is, will start to return to normal.
a race against time to the scene of a head-on collision...
Two vehicles coming together on a road like this,
you're looking at a 100mph-plus impact.
MAN CRIES OUT
..a lorry overturns and brings chaos to the Great North Road...
So he's had to try and swerve to avoid and he's overturned.
..and a reckless speeder...
88mph in a 50.
..putting workers' lives at risk.
You're barrelling into their roadworks doing 88mph.
Seriously not cool.
The A1 is a 400-mile superhighway,
a key artery from Central London through the fields of Lincolnshire,
past the northern powerhouses of Leeds and Newcastle
before crossing the border
and ending at Edinburgh's Waverley Station.
In all, 15 police forces
are tasked with keeping Britain's longest road safe.
At its most northerly point, it's the job of Police Scotland.
Nearly 20 miles from Edinburgh,
PCs Stewart Logan and Davie Johnson are patrolling the A1...
..and it's not long before they're
called to a crash on the road that runs alongside the main carriageway.
Yeah, we are listening. We're en route from Haddington.
With one of the casualties thought to be in a serious condition,
Stewart and Davie need to get there fast.
We're en route to what's been deemed a head-on collision
on this road, which is the A6093,
which is running parallel to the A1.
As you can see, it's just a two-way undivided road
but it'll be a national speed limit
so you'll be looking at vehicles travelling legally up to 60mph,
and then when you're looking at two vehicles coming together on
a road like this, you're looking at
potentially a 100mph-plus impact
because of the nature of the speeds.
Within minutes of getting the call,
Stewart and Davie are at the scene of the crash.
It looks like the van appears to have pulled out into the path
of this but we'll jump out and we'll assess it from there.
It's clear this is a serious incident
and, with no ambulance on the scene yet,
the first priority is to check on the injured.
-Chap here's complaining of chest pains...
-..and pain in his leg.
Alan's going to get an ETA for the ambulance
just to find out what's happening.
-Is this the driver of the van here?
A 72-year-old man is in the back of the car in considerable pain
but police don't want to move him until paramedics arrive.
Hello, chap, have you got a wee second?
In the meantime, Stewart interviews the van driver.
What's happened, then?
So you were coming this way?
And she was sitting, waiting to turn right?
Right, OK. Right, no problem at all.
Are you all right in yourself?
The seat belt or whatever or just the impact from it?
Right, OK. No bother.
What to do, sir, is you just take your time.
We've got an ambulance coming so we'll get you checked out anyway
cos you've obviously had a heck of a dunt.
The ambulance has arrived and the crew start work on releasing
the badly injured man from the car.
I can support you here. Just take your time. OK.
MAN CRIES OUT
The old gentleman who's in the vehicle is going to be treated
by the emergency staff from the ambulance
and then we'll get an assessment on what we need to do
but, at the minute, we'll leave the situation locked down
because, again, we need to be tentative because of his age.
MAN CRIES OUT
Do you want the Fire Service?
-The thing is, it's going to take that long.
See if you got a board under his backside
and slide him onto the board.
-Let's see if I can do anything.
-Wait just now.
Get the board under his bum and just slide him with the board.
MAN CRIES OUT
With the passenger in so much pain,
the ambulance crew are struggling to free him from the car.
If they can't release him soon, Stewart will have no choice
but to call the fire brigade to cut him out.
The next half-hour will be critical.
The A1 is the scene of more than 2,000 accidents a year.
A large proportion of these occur where there's the greatest
volume of traffic, such as the stretch of road near Durham.
It's 7.30am and Highways England traffic officers
Peter Senior and Scott Wilson
are heading into heavy rush-hour traffic
when they get a report of a serious incident north of Durham.
We'll head south in case 42 need any assistance. Over.
An overturned lorry could mean serious injuries
and, with a fire engine rushing towards the scene,
it doesn't look good.
We'll hit all the emergency lights and we'll pick our way through.
Even though the accident is on the other side of the road,
Peter and Scott are finding it difficult
to battle through the traffic.
This is all down to rubbernecking at the minute.
And as Peter and Scott arrive at the scene, it's clear why.
You can see the incident coming up now on the opposite carriageway.
A 17-tonne truck has overturned after colliding with a 4x4...
..and is now on its side,
blocking a lane of traffic and the hard shoulder.
I'll just hold back here until you find out what's going on.
As they arrive,
Scott's first priority is to find out if there are any injuries.
Now, then, how are you doing?
Amazingly, the lorry driver is shaken but unhurt
after what sounds like a terrifying accident.
He was overtaking an LGV and he pulled into lane one,
not expecting to see anything,
then there was, for some reason, a bit of traffic
so he's had to try and swerve to avoid,
clipped one of them and he's overturned.
Thankfully, there's been no injuries
but he's had a lucky escape, to be honest.
And paramedics have also given the driver of the silver 4x4
With traffic still moving past,
Scott's keen to get him off the carriageway,
so police escort him and his damaged vehicle away.
With everyone safe,
Peter and Scott can now concentrate on trying to clear the carriageway.
We're keeping lane two running for the moment.
We've got recovery en route for the LGV.
When it's getting righted, we will have to put a full stop
on the carriageway just to get it back on its wheels.
But moving the lorry could be harder than they think.
Scott's just discovered its beginning to leak its load
all over the carriageway.
Yes, yes. That is containing milk
and it has started to go into the gully.
The lorry was transporting 3,000 litres of milk
from Leeds to Gateshead.
It may not sound like a hazardous fluid but if it's not stopped
it could have an impact on the local environment.
A little bit can cause a big danger.
If it gets into drains and gets into the water works,
it could kill fish and all sorts of things.
Using a specialist absorbent,
the team mop up the leaks as best they can...
..but as the recovery cranes arrive to right the lorry,
Peter's worried that disturbing the load
could make the spill even worse.
It's full of milk cartons. Some of them have burst open.
We won't really know anything else now until they right the vehicle.
If the whole load spills,
Peter and Scott could face an environmental threat
on top of the traffic problems already unfolding.
It's going to be a testing morning for the traffic officers.
More than 100 miles south in Bradford,
a young Olympic hopeful is about to set off on a very important journey
down the A1.
23-year-old Pippa Allen is preparing her horse, Hope Springs,
for one of the most important competitions
of their showjumping career.
They've qualified for the under-23s British Championship final at
the London International Horse Show,
the biggest event in the showjumping calendar.
I love riding him cos you feel like
you can jump any height of fence on him.
He's really brave and he's actually...
For a big horse, he's really fast in the jump offs, which is handy.
Pippa's been riding since the tender age of one and she's
now a world-class competitor.
In the final, she'll be up against the best riders in the country,
including her younger sister.
My sister, Millie, is also competing there. She's 19.
She's a bit younger than me but we're always in the same
classes and it gets really competitive between us.
Perhaps fortunately, then,
the sisters aren't travelling together today.
Do you want my ropes as well or should I just leave them there?
Instead, along for the ride are friend and fellow competitor Sally,
her horse, Maddy, and two other horses.
Top-class showjumpers like these can be worth more than £100,000
and take around seven years to train,
so ensuring they don't injure themselves in transit is vital.
These specially designed travel boots will protect
Hope Springs' fragile legs on the 200-mile journey.
Responsible for transporting these precious beasts and their riders
is Pippa's boyfriend, Stevie.
With a 5.5-hour journey ahead, they're keen to hit the road.
And, as they set off, Stevie has high hopes for his passengers.
Yeah, it would be good to see if one of the girls won,
Pippa or Sally. It'd be great.
It be great if one of them won. It'd be good.
Make the ride home a lot easier!
With competitions all over the country,
the A1's a well-travelled route for the showjumpers,
and Stevie's priority is always his passengers in the back.
When you're travelling with horses, you've just got to make sure
you leave enough room from the vehicles in front
cos obviously you don't want to be stopping too sudden, you know.
You try and ease everything when you're slowing down,
just take your time.
We have the camera in the truck to check the horses, make sure they're
travelling OK, and just try and keep it as smooth as you can, really.
But while the horses appear calm, in the front,
with every passing mile, competition nerves are starting to build.
I think it's a good partnership so hopefully we'll be lucky on the day.
He feels on top form, so fingers crossed.
There's a lot at stake and the peace in the lorry could shortly
be shattered as they've arranged to pick up another horse
that can be a bit of a handful.
I think this horse is a little bit tricky to load.
He doesn't like travelling on his own and he won't go in the trailer.
I'm going to put him in the second space
and hopefully he should be fine.
Stevie can only hope the horse doesn't literally kick off...
as they continue along the highway in pursuit of sporting glory.
As their journey south continues in relative calm,
the same can't be said more than 200 miles north near Edinburgh.
A1 patrol officers PCs Stewart Logan and Davey Johnson are
at the scene of a horrific head-on collision between a car and a van.
Luckily, the driver of the van has escaped with just minor injuries.
But a 72-year-old passenger is still in the back of the car
with a suspected broken leg and suffering severe abdominal pain.
PASSENGER GROANS IN PAIN
He urgently needs medical attention.
You've not far to go.
So far, the man's injuries have made paramedics apprehensive about moving
him from the vehicle, but they need to transport him to hospital.
With his condition not improving,
they decide he'll have to make a painful exit from the car.
Finally, after 15 minutes, he's free from the vehicle.
Is most of the pain coming from your left leg?
-Leg and his chest.
-Just the left.
The injured man is an American tourist on holiday
with his wife and friends.
They were due to fly home in the next 24 hours,
but with the man needing hospital treatment,
it could be weeks before he's well enough to travel.
The main concern is down to age. The gentleman's 72.
People's bodies just can't cope with the same level of injury
as younger people can, so we therefore have to be quite tentative
about how we go about dealing with it.
The man's injuries are serious,
but Stewart knows things could have been significantly worse.
In a collision of this level, if both vehicles had been older,
then, yes, you'll be looking
probably at more serious injuries on the...
certainly the driver of the Nissan,
because they'll have taken quite a whack of the impact.
Everybody involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt
and that will have saved their lives.
You could be the driver of this van, driving along the road,
minding completely your own business, and then two seconds later
a vehicle crosses your path and you're involved
in a head-on collision with it.
Anyone who thinks, "I'll be OK, I'm only going two minutes up the road,"
well, this is the consequence of the things that we witness
and you just never know.
As the man is taken to hospital,
Stewart and Davey get to work clearing the road,
so that some of the local traffic can get moving again.
We're going to tow this vehicle back a bit, using our X5,
so that we can at least get the road partially open,
so we're going to connect the towing eye up, drag the vehicle back,
and at least we can get a contraflow going on one side of the road.
While the clear-up continues, some of the surrounding roads
must stay closed, but not everyone wants to follow the police signs.
If you wait there for us.
Can you wait there for us?
We have road closed signs at both ends of this road
and as you can see,
people come along and just say, "Oh, well, I'll just drive through it..."
..paying absolutely no consideration for what that sign means.
It means the road's closed, so if it says closed,
it means you cannae drive through it.
Is there still a sign in the middle of the road
-saying the road's closed?
'You know, you have to remember'
there's people's safety at risk here.
I'm out sweeping up debris in the middle of the road
and you're coming battering along on a national speed limit road
just because you've decided you can't be bothered
complying with a road closed sign.
You know, they're there for a reason, so if you see one,
then please do what it says.
Before long, the van and the car are recovered
and the road's treated to soak up any oil and fuel spillages.
As the traffic starts to flow again,
Stewart and Davey can finally head back to the A1.
Nearly 120 miles south of rural Scotland
is one of the busiest sections of the A1 near Durham.
It's here traffic officers Peter Senior and Scott Wilson
are dealing with a serious accident.
A lorry carrying 3,000 litres of milk has overturned.
The driver has escaped unhurt,
but his load is leaking all over the carriageway,
with potentially devastating effects for local wildlife.
It's a dramatic scene and passing drivers are slowing down to look,
so Scott needs to try and keep everything moving.
People slow up and it is a danger and it also hinders the traffic
and makes traffic further back slow down and there can
be further shunts further and further back,
not even close to this incident.
So, yes, it is a safety concern -
rubbernecking and slowing down.
It's going to take two heavy recovery vehicles
to right the 17-tonne lorry
and the road will need to be clear.
We do have to stop the whole carriageway
to get the vehicle back on its wheels, so it is going to cause
a few further delays, but it's just one of those unfortunate things.
The specialist recovery team get started,
raising the lorry with inflating cushions and onto wooden blocks.
They can then secure the winch underneath, ready to pull.
-Is it getting ready now, is it?
-I would think so.
It's time for Scott to step out into the traffic to shut the road.
Reporting Alpha Charlie Echo 41.
That's the traffic stopped by hand. Over.
Now, mate, you shouldn't be stopped too long.
We're just going to re-right it. As soon as it's back up on its wheels,
-there's no debris in lane two, I'll let you go, mate.
But as the recovery truck starts to pull the lorry
slowly onto its wheels, there's a problem.
As they're starting to winch the truck over,
because all the cargo's lying against the side of the wagon,
the side's starting to split out of it, so what their concern is,
if they get it so far, and it suddenly bursts,
we're going to have milk burst all over the carriageway.
The consequences would be disastrous,
so the team have no choice but to stop.
The lorry's sides simply aren't designed to bear
the three-tonne weight of the load and so they need to secure them
with heavy-duty straps before they can continue.
But with the road closed, and traffic building,
they need to work quickly.
Closing the road is a huge decision for traffic officers
and it can happen because of breakdowns, rather than accidents.
Further south on the A1 in Doncaster,
it's a chilly Friday morning.
RAC patrol Noel Bonner has just started his shift.
The roads can be a little bit busier on Fridays.
It can cause a little bit of traffic.
This stretch of the A1 - there's very little hard shoulder,
so it makes it quite dangerous when people break down.
Within a few minutes of joining the road,
Noel receives his first call-out of the day.
We've just got a job on the Doncaster bypass, so the A1M.
We've got a vehicle that's got a puncture.
It's got a blowout and it's got no spare with it,
so we're going to go and see what we can sort out with that.
Beacons on, indicator on, to say we're pulling up.
It looks like a family outing.
59-year-old grandmother Janet
was driving alone when her tyre blew out.
Hiya. Who's Janet? Hi, Janet. Right.
We'll get something sorted for you and get you on your way.
Well, I was driving from my house to my daughter's
and then I heard a noise, pulled over and found my tyre out.
I phoned my daughter up and she's come out with friends to my rescue.
It didn't make a big bang, it was just making like a rumbling noise,
so I pulled over, climbed across the passenger seat,
and got out this way and that's when I saw it.
It's been really scary.
Shocked me. It has shocked me.
With no spare wheel in Janet's car, Noel has to use a special one
he carries that fits most makes of vehicles.
Wheel's going to be fine. It's just where it's shredded,
just makes it more difficult to pull them off. That's all.
He's doing really well. Yeah. Class service. Brilliant.
He's definitely my hero.
Noel knows the hard shoulder is no place to gather your family...
..because on average around 50 people are killed
or seriously injured in accidents at the roadside every year.
You don't realise how fast the vehicles are going
while you're stood here.
-They are going at some speed.
This is what scared me. I didn't like being out here on my own.
-Because you don't know.
I mean, one car were indicating and I thought,
"He's going to indicate and come into the back of me."
Within just 25 minutes, Noel has got Janet's car ready to rejoin the A1.
-She'll laugh about it tonight when she's in bed.
-When I'm nice and warm in bed.
-Get me electric blanket on.
Keep on the hard shoulder because you're within 200 yards.
Just take your time and then just watch out for any traffic
that's coming off to then merge into it.
Noel has got Janet safely away from a dangerous situation.
The majority of the time we're helping people
on the A1 who are happy to see you.
They're happy that they're going to get something sorted.
Along with the road noise and the wind and the chill factor,
it does make it a scary place to be.
Noel and his colleagues deal with around 3,500 breakdowns on the A1
every year and around 30 miles south in Nottinghamshire is another group
who are desperate not to end up stranded by the roadside.
Olympic hopeful Pippa Allen and fellow showjumper Sally
are on their way to the London International Horse Show
with Pippa's boyfriend Stevie at the wheel.
For everyone going to Olympia, it's like everyone's got a very good
chance of doing well there, so it depends how it goes on the day.
And as well as worrying about her own performance,
Pippa will also be looking out for her little sister Millie.
She's very competitive. I get really nervous when she's in the ring.
I really want her to do well,
but hopefully we both do well and it works out.
An hour after leaving home,
the horses appear happy and relaxed on Stevie's onboard camera,
but they're about to get a new equine companion who's not as keen
on the A1 road trip as they are.
Stevie's turning off the A1 at Newark to collect Kantho,
a jittery gelding also heading for the competition.
And Kantho has already decided he's not keen on this luxury transport.
Luckily, this horse can be led to hay, if not to water.
With Kantho safely onboard,
Stevie and the girls can get back on the road.
It's a steady trot for the next leg of the journey and by five o'clock,
they're about to hit the capital, just in time for rush hour.
Just getting to central London now.
It's quite busy and the roads are quite tight around here,
so just got to keep concentrating, keep an eye out for other cars.
Weaving this 20-foot lorry through central London is
no mean feat, but finally the bright lights of Olympia come into view.
After a five-and-a half hour journey,
it's a welcome sight for everyone, including the horses.
Pippa is keen to check Hope Springs is OK.
He's travelled really well. He's fine.
He seems quite excited to be here, so it's always a good sign.
And Hope Springs is not the only one picking up on the atmosphere.
I'm excited about tomorrow, also a little bit nervous.
I think everyone is, just really want to do well.
It's been a long time preparing for it,
be nice to finish the year on a win.
He'll bed down here for the night, ready for his big day tomorrow.
The next morning, it's competition time and Olympia is buzzing.
As the press and spectators begin to arrive,
Pippa takes Hope Springs for a warm-up around the course.
It's a chance to finally stretch his legs
after his 200 mile trip on the A1.
There's really big seating around and lots of crowd,
and it's quite a tight arena with a big atmosphere,
so sometimes the horses can get a bit nervous about that.
Luckily, Hope Springs takes it all in his stride.
Yeah, he felt really good. Very good.
-Should be ready for later now.
But as their big moment approaches, Pippa's feeling the pressure.
It's a big competition, and we've,
we've kind of prepared all year really to get here.
So very excited and nervous all at the same time.
It all hangs on the next few hours,
and how the pair perform in the ring.
Tension is in the air too, back on the A1.
270 miles north of the capital near Durham,
traffic officers are still dealing with an overturned truck
that's carrying 3,000 litres of milk.
Concerned that the pressure of the load could cause the sides
of the lorry to burst any second,
the recovery team have been forced to stop the winch.
Scott has no choice but to reopen the outside lane
while they try and secure the sides to prevent a major spill.
Our aim is to keep traffic moving, that's why we're here.
So instead of having it all stopped while they put more straps round it,
it's safe enough to keep things moving in lane two.
Then when they're ready, I'll stop it again by hand and then
we'll go and try and re-right it again.
It's now 11am.
Peter and Scott have been at the scene for three-and-a-half hours.
There are massive tailbacks,
but this is one job the recovery team can't rush.
Soon, the heavy-duty straps are in place, and they're ready to go.
So once again, Scott needs to stop the traffic.
Charlie Echo 4-1.
We've just temporarily hand-stopped traffic while they reposition
this LGV, over.
A mechanical winch begins to lift the truck.
While a second cable on the other side ensures the lorry,
and its precarious cargo, is lowered very gently.
They've managed to get the wagon back on its wheels.
Luckily the big extra strap they put round
prevented the side from bursting over.
Some milk is still leaking.
But thankfully, it's only minor, and the team are able to shovel it away.
Now the priority is to get the traffic moving.
As the milk lorry is towed away,
Scott and Peter remove the cones
and traffic is released into the inside lane.
Alpha, Charlie Echo 4-1.
That's the lane one closure now removed,
you can reset your signs, over.
Finally, after more than four hours, Peter and Scott can be on their way.
And the major spill they feared has been averted.
If it had gone, it would have caused a lot of problems.
It's one of the worst things you can spill, isn't it, milk?
Why, there's no point crying over spilt milk, is there?
That's true. So they say.
Thankfully, overturned milk lorries
aren't an everyday occurrence on the A1.
But sadly, speeding motorists are.
Going too fast is one of the main factors
in fatal accidents on Britain's roads.
And it's estimated that on 70mph dual carriageways,
over a third of drivers still exceed the speed limit.
It's a constant problem for the A1 police patrols,
especially in roadworks
when speed restrictions are in place to protect workers.
That's absolutely outrageous, 67mph in a 40.
On the A1 near Newcastle,
PC Alan Keenleyside is on the lookout for speeding drivers...
..in a 50 mile an hour stretch of roadworks near Dunston.
So, I've got colleagues of mine from our partner agencies,
from Highways England, from construction firms,
actually working on the road surface of the A1 northbound tonight.
And clearly the dangers of speeding on the roads,
you know, cars...
..they're dangerous things, they're weapons,
to all intents and purposes.
This exact stretch of road here last year saw
a fatal road traffic collision at high speed.
One vehicle lost control,
overturned and the driver of that vehicle was killed.
It's Friday night, the most common day of the week to have an accident.
And Alan doesn't want speeders taking any chances
with the lives of the workforce on the road.
And it's not long before he spots a clear offender.
His onboard camera shows the car in front in the outside lane
travelling well over 80mph.
Using a detection device, he's able to record the car's average speed.
88 miles an hour in a 50.
And the driver's not done yet.
And he's getting quicker.
Alan has to get up to more than 90mph to catch up.
Flash the blue lights.
It's time to pull this driver over.
We've got roadworks on with a full road closure
and I've got the driver at 88mph,
so we'll be stopping this driver and having a word.
I think this is a driver that potentially knows
he's possibly in a spot of bother.
Hello, how are you? Do you know why I've stopped you this evening?
What sort of speed do you think you were doing
when I put the blue lights on to alert you?
-Um, 70, 80?
-70, 80? OK. And the speed limit is?
I've got it recorded at 88mph. OK?
The average stopping distance for a car doing 80mph
is over 130 metres.
The equivalent of 29 car lengths.
Jump in the back seat over there.
A collision with road workers or their equipment
would almost certainly have resulted in fatalities.
So, it took you 14.705 seconds, all right?
To cover a distance of 0.3604 miles.
So that equates to your average speed being
88 miles an hour in a 50.
Certainly way over the top, isn't it? Any reason why?
Appreciate you're on your way home from work, all right?
But there's actually guys on this bit of the road here
who are at work on the A1.
And you're barrelling into their roadworks doing 88mph.
Seriously not cool.
The driver is immediately facing penalty points and a fine.
You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence
if you don't mention now something you later rely on in court.
Anything you do say may be given in evidence.
I don't usually speed, I usually stick to the speed limit.
Just a bit eager to get home today.
Probably lucky I'm not losing my licence.
For Alan, this has been a typical Friday night job.
People have had a pretty rubbish week at work
and they just want to get home to the wife and kids.
But do you know what, it doesn't matter how bad your week's been,
don't bring that frustration, that tiredness, onto the A1.
Because people get hurt on the A1
and that's the last thing anybody wants.
Alan's shift is drawing to a close.
But 280 miles away in Kensington Olympia,
it's the start of a big day for showjumper Pippa Allen.
At the London International Horse Show,
it's crunch time for the Olympic hopeful.
Combi's quite tricky after that corner, isn't it?
There's just time for one last walk of the course
before the competition begins.
Looks all right, it looks nice, it's technical enough,
everything comes quite quick off the corners,
you're going to have to keep thinking, try and keep it smooth.
But apart from that it seems fine.
Today's the culmination of a whole year's training.
Even if you're having a fantastic round,
you can have one down or even a couple of mistakes,
anything can happen in there, really.
It's just about being lucky on the day.
People will be competing against the country's top young showjumpers,
including her younger sister, Millie.
We went to Liverpool last year,
it was very close, there was 0.02 of a second between us.
Pippa was on the winning side of it,
so maybe if it did get to that point this year, I'm definitely
going to try and go that little bit faster to be on the winning side.
We definitely have a strong rivalry,
but, you know, I always want her to do well as well.
Maybe just not quite as good as me!
Today, Millie gets to set the pace as she's first in the ring,
while Pippa watches anxiously from the side.
She's knocked down a fence,
but she could still get through to the second round.
The top 10 riders come back in the second round, into the jump-off.
So hopefully she might get back in if her time was fast enough.
Next up, it's Pippa's friend Sally.
But she gets off to a bad start. And with a slow time, she's knocked out.
Pippa and Hope Springs are up next.
And boyfriend Stevie is on tenterhooks.
A pole down means four faults.
To get through to the next round,
Pippa knows it's now all about speed.
But as the faults mount...
Pippa's hopes are shattered.
-'Four down, 16 points for Pippa Allen and Hope Springs.'
It's a massive disappointment.
She had a couple down, she had an early fence and then she was
trying to get into the top 10, make the jump-off,
so trying to be bit quicker and then she had a couple more. So...
Couldn't have gotten much worse.
It was pretty terrible.
Gutted, really, because I thought I had a good chance,
he felt like he was going well.
It just didn't work out on the day,
but it's kind of what happens in showjumping.
Sometimes it's great, and sometimes it's very upsetting.
It's all over for Pippa.
But sister Millie still has a chance,
as she's through to the jump-off.
It's a clear round with a fast time.
Well done, little bubby.
And a good result and consolation for Pippa.
Millie's just come fifth in that class,
she had one down in the first round then she did a really good jump-off.
She was fast and she did really well.
Yeah, I'm really pleased with Balou,
he jumped his socks off and I couldn't ask for a better horse.
The day's left Pippa with mixed emotions,
but as the saying goes, hope springs eternal.
And as the pair prepare to head home, there's always next year.
The American tourist who was injured in the head-on collision
spent more than three weeks in hospital
before returning home to the States to continue his recovery.
And just a month later, Pippa and Hope Springs returned to
winning form with a showjumping first place at Aintree.
Next time, a horrific crash...
..with devastating consequences.
The rear end of that vehicle is unrecognisable.
The race to rescue drivers...
..caught in a four car collision.
1-3, all vehicles cleared of the lane two now.
And the lorries putting lives at risk.
This is a fuel tank and somebody's just put a plastic bag in.
Police race to the scene of a head-on collision, an overturned milk lorry causes rush hour chaos, and a reckless speeder is tracked down after putting roadworkers' lives at risk.