2016 - a great renewal. The Last Samuri leading 100-1 shot Vics Canvas over the last with eventual winner Rule The World and teenager David Mullins poised to strike. This was an amazing achievement for a horse who had never won a steeplechase before. It was also his nineteen year old jockeys first ride in the race. (I do not own the copyright to this image please email me if you object to this being used and I will remove it immediately)
Welcome to the pages of the Grand National Anorak (Chris to his friends).
These pages are designed to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Grand National and racing at Aintree (or perhaps things you didn`t need to know). But first the "health warning" . For me the Grand National is a visual experience. If it is not recorded on film or radio then as far as I am concerned it did not happen. So, if you are looking for a lively debate on whether the National was first run in 1839 or 1836 at Maghull (or perhaps 1836 at Aintree) then this site isn`t for you.
This website is dedicated to the Grand National from 1946 onwards which has always been my area of interest. I have tried to look at the National from all angles and hopefully you will find some obscure fact that you were not previously aware of.
The site is completely unofficial and a light hearted, sideways glance at the race that most of love so much.
I would like to thank Paul Davies of the Complete Record, Jane Clarke curator of the Aintree museum, Alan Johnson, Mick Mutlow (a fellow Hammer), Tim Cox, John PInfold & the late Reg Green who have all at some stage over the past ten years helped with my research.
Chris - April 2007 (updated April 2015)
I hope that some of you do return to this site occasionally so you should all know by now that the Grand National Anorak was born in 1967. As a child all he wanted to be was a commentator but as he never worked out how to go about it he does something in the law instead. He was briefly in the early noughties a Point-to-Point commentator on the South East circuit and although the offers of work dried up at least he gave it a go. He has appeared on "Grand National Grandstand" three times (he is the chap in the hat in the crowd during the Tracey Piggott interview in 1994, wearing the same hat for the Carl Llewellyn interview in 1996 and is sporting a dodgy bow-tie in 1997 when Charlie Fenwick is interviewed) & the BBCs "Grand National Tales" broadcast in 1997. He has no connections within racing whatsoever but did once hold a door open for Paul Nicholls at Lingfield. He is married to the ever lovely and patient Bridget and lives in deepest Kent.
He is also currently trying to visit every racecourse in the UK and after visiting Ayr in February 2017 only has three to go.
Away from racing he is a frustrated West Ham supporter and used to sing in a punk band. Amongst his other non-racing hobbies are eating and drinking Italian wine.
His one regret is that he lives so far away from Aintree.
I hope you will enjoy this site. If you do please sign my guestbook. I am always interested to hear from any National enthusiasts. Let me know your favourite National hero and race. If you have any specific questions please feel free to e-mail me at Becher1234@yahoo.co.uk