Sport: Torrents of Spring

It turned out to be a drenching, misty Saturday—but the British are used to soggy race tracks and that sort of jolly boating weather. Of the 40 million men, women & children in England, over two million spent the afternoon getting wet for sport's sake.

Britain's midweek sport ban, designed to eliminate the temptations that lure workers from their jobs, had forced two of the year's biggest events into a single Saturday. At Aintree (just north of Liverpool), the 4½-mile steeplechase course, toughest in the world, was a quagmire. As if there were not already enough obstacles on the Grand National Steeplechase...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!