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May 2013

Standing too high!!!

1st May 2013

So the weekend saw a great load of activity across Wearside with feel Good Sunderland, the Marathon of the North and the zip wire off the Wearmouth Bridge, the latter was the one I took part in!!

A few months ago the zip wire was mentioned and I agreed to do it. I had done zip wire's before, but nowhere near as high as this one and probably was a little cocky in agreeing to do it. It's one of those things that you agree to do and then as it get nearer you get more and more nervous. My time slot was 12 noon so I got there fifteen minutes beforehand to get all kitted out and then make my way up to the 'jump' point. Not only do you have to get over the fear of setting off from the Bridge you also look a little ridiculous in the kit, it's basically a big nappy. You step into the harness which then gets tightened around your waist and between your legs, even though this is a little odd you want it tighter than loose obviously! Also just to make sure you look the part there is a very fetching helmet to wear. Bearing in mind you then have to walk all the way from Pans Bank back up to the Wearmouth Bridge, with lots of people giving you a look as if to say..."rather you than me mate".

Once at the top I was met by the two guys who would have my life in their hands as they attached me to the wire. This was where it became very real and my legs did start to go to jelly a little bit. I had to climb a ladder onto a platform which was about half a metre wide and suddenly the reality of how high up I was hit. I let the guy tell me what I had to do as he attached me to the wire. I then carefully stepped down onto a lower platform and sat down on it ready to go. I did all of this carefully but as quick as I could so that I didn't look down. A couple of shuffles and I was off. This was amazing, the actual zip down was great. I had longer than I thought to take everything in and really enjoyed it as I twirled around all the way down the wire, until the break hit and jolted me to a stop.

There was a real sense of achievment at the end as I looked back to see what I had just done, and was really proud of myself. I genuinely would have gone back up to do it again but was needed across at the Stadium of Light to do my show from the Marathon of the North.

Thankyou to everyone who sponsored me, all of the money is going to The Rainbow Trust. This is our charity of the year so we are collecting in money all of the time and if you want to contribute that would be fantatstic. You can use our Just Giving Page.

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Posted by Mark Black at 4:37pm


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