Janis B
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Europes longest Zipwire

Janis B
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01 Apr 2014

Fundraising, sponsored Zipwire, Snowdonia

Ever started doing something, then wondered who had this great idea and why!

So whilst hanging over the edge high up in the Penryhn Quarry, Snowdonia, facing downwards head first in a bullet position, swaying in the wind attached to a cable, the view of the steep slate quarry with the distant speck of the landing area at the other side of the lake, the realisation hit me that this was actually my idea! How ever it was for a good cause. this was for my dad, Graham Bennett, the man who got on with his life and did things, an I can't let him down. This was Leukeamia & Lymphoma Research.

Arriving on a cold windy misty drizzly morning, or 'mizzly' morning as I was corrected. Wrapped up warm ready to check in at 'Zipworld', Europes longest & fastest zipwire. Feeling positive, not being able to see how high up we were going due to low cloud helped and optimistic that somewhre behind the mizzle the sun was yearning to come out.

Having earlier, when we checked in, been weighed, adorned with red overalls, trussed into a harness with various safety gubbings on, given a helmet & goggles to accessorise, finally attatching my head cam to compliment the look. Now stood at the top of a windy Penryhn Quaryy, which for your interest, was the worlds largest slate quarry in the 19th century, approximently 1200ft deep and about a mile long. Looking down the slate quarry at the narrow track with its hair pin corners we'd jus travelled up in the ex-army truck, and beyond the lake to the amazing view over the Bethesde region, the sun had fought it's way through the cloud, dispite the wind a moment of tranquil calm came over me, Then I remembered that the only way down was on that huge 1 mile long cable that was suspended 500ft above the lake!

Given the safety talk, my nerves start setting in as we are told that there may be a possibilty that you may stop before actually getting to the landing area, and if this happened you have to stay still, hanging in mid air and wait til someone comes to rescue you. I don't think the calm mannerism we were told this was reassuring me, as I had vague recollection from past education that if you're of a smaller build the chances of this happening were greater, eemmm.... However I'm sure these guys have it all sorted and know exactly what they are doing.

So this is it, sitting on the launch pad, remembering the procedures from the earlier little taster zipwire of 500ft long, I prepare myself, head cam switched on. Taking that first big step towards the edge prior to positioning myself into what can only be described as a push-up position strangled over a gap. My harness is attatched to the cable along with various weights and small sails to aid the descent, my feet fasten back, removing my hands from the platform to behind my back into the assumed 'bullet' position. I'm all ready. So thi is it........hanging over the edge high up in Penryhn Quarry......swaying in the wind, just hanging waiting, waiting, waiting what seems like an age. Then 3, 2, 1.....CLUNK!

Before you even realise it you're descending at speeds between 80-100mph, aware of every moment, feeling the wind, trying to take in the view. Initially about 15ft from the quarry side rapidly travelling down towards the lake....whaa whoo... then suddenly feeling like someones put a break on, someone put a comfort blanket round you and your floating in mid air 500ft above the lake, cocooned, drifting, even though you know you're actually still travelling at the same speed, before you know it you're at the other side of the quarry feeling the speed again. Moving my arms into a flying position to slow me down, knowing that I will make it to the end. Then being latched onto to stop. And finally the sun has totally yeilded and come out with added warmth.

Wow it was amazing, I loved it, incrediable. Want to do it again.

What makes it even better is everyone who sponsored me to do this. Every single person is wonderful, ....... we raised £1748, and I thought £1000 was being optimistic.

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone

One Thousand Seven Hundred & Forty Eight Pounds. That's amazing!

My dad would be proud. Thank you





I think you did marvellous woman, and well done for having the nerve (and sheer bloody mindedness) to do it. xxx


Janis, I absolutely LOVED reading this blog post! What an amazing (although utterly bonkers) thing to do to help us beat blood cancer! I admire your courage for going through with it once you were at the top and ready to go - I'm not sure I'd have been able to go through with it.

Well done, too, on your incredible fundraising total. You've done yourself and the charity proud and we're very lucky to have people like you supporting us. Keep up the good work!

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