On Monday 3rd April, the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Lillian Metcalfe and Lord Mayor George Metcalfe completed the famous North Wales Zip Wire in support of Age UK and Catching Lives. This is the fastest zip wire in the world and participants travel up to 100 mph for nearly two miles over a lake and mountain.
The Lady Mayoress, Mrs Lillian Metcalfe says, ” We were feeling a bit apprehensive, but once we were put into our gear: bright orange jumpsuit (looking rather like an inmate from a US prison), and then with our harnesses on, we trooped up a small hill to the Little Wire which is used for training for the big zip wire.
There we mounted a metal platform with steps leading to the abyss(!) and were asked to lie face down and support ourselves on our arms and to lie prone while we were helped with the fastening of the harness to the wire. Effectively we were lying head first with hands behind our backs and clipped on to the overhead wire with weights and small windbreaks. Then the hair raising countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and we were off: like bullets! The small zip, being lower to the ground, was really quite scary because we skimmed over the tops of very tall trees and it looked for all the world as if we would hit them, but no, we were way above them. Our instructions were to open our arms as we approached the windsock, and then be ready to clasp the hand of our “brake” in the person of a young assistant. Wow. It was quite exhilarating.
After that we were ready for the Big One! We boarded an orange open-sided lorry with back to back benches which took us along a very bumpy track to the top of a huge slate mountain. Down the mountain was the clear blue water of the quarry, a drop of several hundred feet.
However, we were harnessed to the zip wire in a prone position, as before, in pairs, hands behind our backs, and then the countdown and – we were off. We cleared the mountainside and were over the quarry in a matter of seconds, and flying at speed towards the opposite side of the mountain, ready to clasp the hand of our “brake”, cheeks flapping in the wind. What an experience. It was totally tremendous. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get a real buzz from sheer speed.
Now that I’ve done it, I am beginning to think I’ve become a speed junkie. The thought of parachuting doesn’t sound so forbidding….
Many, many thanks to all of you for your generous donations and support”.