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Just walking through the entrance, especially on the Saturday, and seeing the crowds all dressed up, you get that buzz of knowing you’re in for one of the best days of the year.
Even though there can’t be any punters watching, the horses will be running again this year after last year’s virtual race, and there’ll be a Virtual Style Awards again too so there’s still an excuse to get out of WFH sweatpants and get something glam on.
We do miss not actually being there on the course though and everything that goes along with that. So, for everyone who loves the National as much as we do, here are 10 things we’ll miss most when they get under starter’s orders for 2021 …
There’s absolutely nothing left to chance about what you wear to Aintree. Never in the history of the National has anyone got up on the morning of the races and gone ‘I’ll just throw that on, it’ll do.’ Nasa space missions have had less planning than a Ladies Day outfit, what with finding just the right dress in just the right colour, the bag and the shoes (to match or not to match, that’s the big question). But the endless searching is all part of the fun, everyone knows that, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s all in the timing – synchronised appointments are the way to go and the last thing you need is to leave it late and find they’re all booked up. Slots near races weekend are like gold dust and getting the last hairdressers’ appointment is like winning the Lottery, so on your marks, get set …. hair, nails, lashes, tan, and maybe a bit of a wrinkle tweak, freshen things up, while you’re at it. No point having the great frock otherwise.
Only an amateur – or a massive optimist – takes their car to Aintree because you get stuck for ages in traffic. Getting the train means you can all have a drink, you don’t have to think about parking and you get a first look at what everyone else’s is wearing. Wins all round.
A races breakfast sets you up for the big day ahead and it’s a chance to stretch things out an extra couple of hours and make a full day of it. You can meet all your mates, have a few glasses of fizz and get in the mood. Yes, you’ll regret those extra hours on your feet later, but it’s 10am and you look fabulous so why wouldn’t you?
Listen, you’ve paid for that Champagne and now the coach to Aintree is leaving, so obviously you’re going to take it along for the ride. Like your nan always said, waste not, want not …
We swear, Aintree has its own micro-climate and as soon as you get onto the course and discover it’s about 10 degrees colder than in the city centre you know you should have worn a coat, but honestly – who covers up an outfit they’ve been putting together since January? Good job you’ve got the Champagne to keep you warm.
Some of the national newspaper photographers love to snap women wobbling on their heels or falling over, especially after a few weather-essential glasses of something. They stand waiting at the bottom of the hill so it pays to hold on tight and watch every step or you’ll end up with a fate worse than death … Mail Online.
Nothing, literally nothing, feels as good as taking off your heels at the end of the races and putting on the free Merseyrail flip flops for the walk back to the train or the coach. Girls, if you can find a man who makes you this happy, marry him.
Doesn’t matter if you haven’t won a penny, you’re still standing, your feet are nowhere near as agony as they were and miraculously, even though you’ve yelled yourself croaky cheering on your horses, you suddenly have a voice like Mariah (if she’d been shouting for five hours straight). Central station sing-songs are the stuff of Aintree legend – when the racing stops, the party’s just starting.
Doesn’t everyone? And next year’s dates are in and the events take space at Aintree Racecourse from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April 2022 and you can register your interest for tickets here.
🍾RT/ LIKE/ REPLY with one thing you are missing about the Randox Grand National Festival.
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) April 6, 2021
Randox Health are launching a competition to win a complete health check at Randox Health Clinic Liverpool PLUS £500 cash!
The Randox Health Check is the world’s most advanced scientific check, assessing 25 areas of the body and delivering 150 results so you’ll receive a comprehensive understanding of your body’s health. They believe that each person’s health is unique, that’s why their tailored packages are too.
The Everyman Health Checks look at key health areas including your heart, kidneys, digestive system and prostate, while the Female Health Check assesses areas including your heart, kidneys, and digestive and hormonal systems.
Randox Health are part of the Randox family, sponsors of the world’s greatest steeplechase race, the Randox Grand National.
This year, across the Randox Grand National Weekend (8th-11th April 2021) they are offering 20% off all Health Packages when you use the code ‘GrandNational20’ on checkout.
You can visit their Liverpool Clinic at Exchange Station, contact them directly on 0151 665 0700 or via the website www.randoxhealth.com. They’re also on social media: on Facebook here or on Instagram here.
Winners must be aged 18 or over and be able to attend the Liverpool Randox Health Clinic for their Health Check. For more T&C’s visit https://www.randoxhealth.com/terms-and-conditions/
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