On the 2nd September, Sue and Helen completed the Liverpool Zip Wire Challenge. The duo arrived at Liverpool early, accompanied by Helen’s husband Neil, so they eagerly awaited their turn by watching others. Soon enough, it was their time to face the wire.
Sue recounts the experience:
I had a picture in my head what it was going to be like, and believe me that was frightening enough and I was already doubting whether I could do it. So when they actually explained what the harness we would be wearing was like and the fact that as people were coming down they were spinning around, I really did start to panic and was relieved when they said we should go and book in, think if we’d waited any longer I would have chickened out.
After stepping into the harnesses and helmets, the group walked to the starting end.
I think my nerves started to fade once we started climbing the steps to the platform, believe me this wasn’t easy when you can’t see but adds to the entertainment factor and especially when you can hear Helen ahead saying don’t look down, oh my word we’re getting high. At the top the two guys were excellent and not fazed by the fact that I couldn’t see, they didn’t say or treat me any different. My nerves had disappeared, only returning momentarily when the platform we were standing on wobbled slightly!
I listened to Helen being attached to the wire and off she went… that’s when I knew I had no choice but to go as I wouldn’t have any way of getting together with her and Neil!
I’m glad that as soon as I was attached and ready they told me to lift my feet and I went, if I had had to wait for a bit I think it would have been worse as that’s the worst bit, just stepping out into thin air and praying the thing will hold your weight. As I went down I knew I was going fast and I did feel myself turn around a couple of times but it wasn’t unpleasant and I do remember thinking I didn’t want it to stop.
I certainly enjoyed it, despite my nerves, and would certainly do it again; in fact, it would be even better if it was longer and steeper!