Jump jockey Ryan Mania has had an extraordinary few days that have included winning the Grand National on a rank outsider.
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Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has returned home to a hero's welcome - just hours after being discharged from hospital in Newcastle.
The 23-year-old triumphed in the world-famous race on Saturday but was airlifted to hospital the following day after falling from another horse at Hexham.
The jockey was in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for two nights but was released and travelled to his home town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders for a homecoming parade.
Hundreds of people lined the streets to congratulate him as he toured the town centre on the back of a 4x4 truck before speaking on a stage in front of the Auld Mill pub.
Mania said the last few days had been "crazy" and that he was overwhelmed by the turnout in his home town.
– Ryan Mania
"It means everything, I mean all these people are here to see me and it's a bit overwhelming really, I can't thank them enough.
"The National is the biggest race in the world and it's mad really that I won, but to see all the people here is heartwarming."
Grand National winner Ryan Mania has spoken exclusively to ITV News Border after being discharged from hospital in Newcastle.
The 23-year-old has returned home to Galashiels to celebrate his weekend win and his ongoing recovery.
Watch the full interview and report below.
After being discharged from hospital Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania said he was, "feeling a bit tired and a bit sore, but other than that I'm doing OK. Nothing serious."
He also described what he could remember from his fall in the Hexham on Sunday:
Asked if he should have been riding so soon after his National win Mania said: "it's my job to ride"
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has finally left hospital.
He told us he'd fractured a vertebrae in his neck and has not been told when he can ride again.
Ryan Mania will be released from hospital this afternoon after an MRI on his back and neck revealed just minor injuries.
The Grand National winner was propelled to stardom after his victory at Aintree on Saturday, but came crashing back down to earth at Hexham 24 hours later.
Mania was kicked in the back after falling from Smith's Stagecoach Jasper at the fourth flight of the St John Lee Handicap Hurdle and was airlifted to Newcastle Hospital.
He spent two nights in hospital but no serious damage has been found and he hopes to return to the saddle within weeks.
In a statement Mania's agent, Bruce Jeffrey, said:
– Bruce Jeffrey, Ryan Mania's agent
"Ryan had his MRI scan this morning and it has shown up a very small fracture in his C7 vertebra and there is also some soft tissue and ligament damage.
"Ryan feels fine in himself and he is up and walking about perfectly fine.
"He is hoping to be back in the saddle in the very near future.
"Once again, Ryan and his family would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support, it has been fantastic, and he just can't wait to get back riding again."
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has expressed his delight at being released from hospital today.
A homecoming parade in his hometown of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders is scheduled for 7pm tonight.
Delighted to be getting out today. Looking forward to getting home to see friends & family. Would also love to see GN2013 replay. #excited
A homecoming parade for Grand National winner Ryan Mania is set to take place in his home town once he is released from hospital in Newcastle.
The jockey is currently in hospital after being injured in a fall during a race at Hexham, Northumberland, on Sunday.
The event in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders, is expected to take place on Tuesday night and will start with a reception at a restaurant.
Mania will then embark on a parade through the town to greet residents.
The 23-year-old won Saturday's Grand National at Aintree on Auroras Encore.
However, after a heavy fall at Hexham, he was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
A Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman said he was comfortable and had undergone an MRI scan but there was no news about when he would be allowed to go home.
Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania is still waiting for a scan following a fall at Hexham racecourse. The 23 year old was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with back injuries just 24 hours after the biggest win of his career.
The jockey who won the Grand National is hoping to be released from hospital in Newcastle later. Ryan Mania was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary on Sunday after falling from a horse in Hexham. A celebration is planned in his hometown, Galashiels.