This year East Galway Hunt Branch held a fun minimus in Ballinasloe. Vivienne Naughton from East Galway Hunt Branch has written this excellent report summarising her experiences at this fun minimus.
A minimus is built up of three phases - swimming, running and horse riding. This fun minimus was organised to allow Branches to build up to and prepare for the National Minimus Championship, which are in Millstreet.
The swimming phase was the first phase of the day. It was held at Coral Leisure Ballinasloe from 8:15 am. The challenge is to see how many lengths you can get in 2 minutes. My aim was to get five lengths. I had just bought new swimming togs and was really hoping to get five lengths. I was sitting down, waiting for my name to be called, then my name was called, and I got on the block. “take your marks” the whistle blew and I was gone. Coming into my fourth length, the bell rang for 30 seconds left. I pushed harder than ever before. I did my turn; I had achieved my goal of five lengths. The whistle blew. I was over the moon, but my legs were like jelly!
Phase 2 was the running. You had to run a timed kilometre. This phase was held on the Fair Green. I ran with my friends. It was tough especially up the hill but luckily enough there was a downhill. I sprinted the last 80 metres. It was tough.
Phase 3 was horse-riding, it was a cross country track in the show grounds. It was an 18-fence course. Me and my friend walked the course. On the course there was a gate and a slip –rail. At the gate you had to open and close it while on your pony. At the slip-rail you had to hop down, pull across a latch and get back up again but I had done them before. I was seventh out on the course. I was nervous but I knew my pony Skye could do it. I went into the start, they counted me down and I kicked on. Number seven was the gate. I didn’t have any trouble and it was the same at the slip-rail. Soon I had finished the course. It was so fun despite the rain and snow. I finished up in 12th place and had a day I will never forget .
Thank you Vivienne and well done!