Friday 18th March brought greenwellgleeson’s 7th Annual visit to the Cheltenham Festival’s Gold Cup day. With Storm Katie looming large, the forecast for the day was odds-on to be miserable. Fortune favoured us on the day, with fair weather given, good odds on the Tote and fantastic company to enjoy the occasion.
The buzz amongst the bee’s threw out tips from “reliable sources” on the coach journey down, with the most part excited for the exceptional breakfast at The Bayshill Pub in central Cheltenham and some so excited that they calmed their nerves with their own liquid brekkie.
Once we’d settled at the end of the bar in the Best Mate’s enclosure, flowing river soon turned into overflowing Dam, Guinness and Carling were the early winners with the odd Wine in the mixer. This was then disrupted by the old favourite called the Shorts. The Shorts crept up on a lot of people from absolutely nowhere and disrupted plenty of people’s rhythm. Fortunately our day was just as good as the coach driver’s ability to read maps – he did save us a 1 mile walk with remarkably intuitive parking.
A cheeky pit-stop for a top up on the return leg was a saviour to most with withdrawal symptoms beginning to set in, the winners bragged and the loser’s drank. Actually the winners drank too. All in all feedback on the day was fantastic, the occasion was enjoyed in great spirits and the weather did us a favour. Even if the bookmakers didn’t!
Huge commendations go out to our Office Manager Nina Tank for organising the day, and to Kate Shakespeare for her unwavering commitment to keeping the drinks coming!
Feel free to take a look at some of the photos from the day: