Who needs a horse to compete at Badminton?
A video of 3Run’s Mat Armitage jumping around the Badminton course is bound to become a hit with equestrians – and there is not a horse in sight.
3Run is a professional performance team which specialises in “the Arts of Movement” – Parkour / Free Running, Martial Arts and Urban Acrobatics.
Armitage, 22, from Basingstoke, is recognised for his powerful fast spins and rotations. He has a martial arts background and fought for the tri-service taekwondo team in 2009.
He was dared to jump the course by his girlfriend, event rider Amy Williams.
Armitage cleared all the jumps that were open to the public to walk on the final day of Badminton, but took four hours – somewhat longer that the 11 minute, 13 second time set over the 6km course for horses and riders.
Jumps range in size up to up to 4’9″ high and 6′ 6″ wide.