It has always been a life’s ambition of mine to attend the Grand National but never again! We did have a couple of winners but the crowds were horrendous and whole day a huge let down.
We had tickets for the Tattersall’s enclosure but it was unclear and quite stressful, knowing/not knowing what marquees and stands we could enter with our ticket. The chance of seeing any live racing was very limited – the outdoor, un-covered viewing mound was “packed to the rafters” and full of umbrellas when it rained. The only way to see a race was on huge, out-of-proportion screens.
We had to stand most of the day due to lack of seating. We got to see the paddock ring in the morning but once the racing started it was virtually impossible to return. The cost of food was truly extortionate - £8 for a small fish and chips. The range of drinks was very limited – unless you liked Crabbies or Carling and although there were many signs saying, “drink responsibly”, the whole emphasis of the event seemed to be to sell as much alcohol as possible and to encourage people to get as drunk as possible. They stress to drink plenty of water but roving alcohol sellers made it easy to top up beers and lagers without queuing at the bars.
The bins were overflowing and letter everywhere - it was a very unpleasant experience walking through mounds of rubbish and plastic glasses. There were long queues for the toilets and inside, the toilets were disgusting.
Maybe we were a bit naive regarding attending such a world famous event and I’m pleased I went once but never again.
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