Ready for the off – the race that stops a nation

For me there are two indicators that spring is in the air and summer and the cricket season is not far away

One, last week’s The Boat Race (very over-rated, elitist, but that’s my view and a different story for another time!)

A lot of fuss all for two boats of rowers on a river

A lot of fuss all for two boats of rowers on a river

The other, tomorrow’s Grand National

Grand National

In keeping with my healthy interest in following most sports, I do like to keep an eye on  the world of horse racing – not from a betting or gambling perspective I should add (have never been a betting person and don’t intend to start or in future either). Purely a sporting and social interest, which goes some way to my involvement with Eclipse Magazine, an online website portal dedicated to everything connected with the social side of horse racing.

Eclipse Magazine ~ the social side of horse racing

Eclipse Magazine ~ the social side of horse racing

For some the running of the National on the first Saturday in April is probably the only time each year they may have a flutter and visit a betting shop (or as is becoming widely common, betting online).

Betting on the gees-gees. A confusing business?

Betting on the gees-gees. A confusing business?

Or of course a sweepstake at work or with friends (I’ll be organising one tomorrow at my cricket club’s ‘spring clean’ event)

My interest in horse racing however is purely from a social perspective and the whole Day Out at the Races experience. Admittedly I don’t get along to a race meeting as often as I would like, however once there it does make for a great day out and occasion.

Big festivals, big crowds

Big festivals, big crowds

Ladies Day at Races (1)

If you’ve been you will know what I’m talking about with the buzz, excitement, colour, anticipation just a few ingredients to the whole occasion of things; plus the whole social side of horse racing of getting friends together.

Whilst The National has taken a bit of stick in the last few years – largely due to the number of equine deaths on the Aintree course (unfortunately there was one yesterday), it is still the race which stops a nation.

Off and running

Off and running

Aintree and the Grand National. Part of the task ahead

Aintree and the Grand National. Part of the task ahead

Ahead of tomorrow’s race and the big day, as part of the build-up check out Eclipse Magazine’s Guide to the Grand National here which includes a Course Walk with Richard Dunwoody

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