Ultimate Abseil’s blown off course

Rotary abseil event at Queensferry 2014
Rotary abseil event at Queensferry 2014
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Hundreds of daredevils in Queensferry were left disappointed when high winds forced the cancellation of an abseil off the Forth Bridge
last Sunday.

Around 500 people were expected to take part in the charity event, billed as the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland’s Ultimate Abseil – a 165 foot plunge from the rail bridge.

But as the winds up the Forth increasedthroughout the morning, a decision was made to postpone the event just after 1.30pm.

Despite the rain and windy conditions, a total of 250 people did take the plunge before the event was brought to a halt.

Chris Marks, head of support fundraising, said: “Despite this setback, the wonderful participants have already raised an amazing £115,000 for the various charity’s and CHSS.

“Thank you so much for everyone’s amazing support and understanding. We will be in touch with those who were unable to abseil with an alternative date to carry it out for their charity.”

Although Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland organised the annual event, many abseilers raise money for good causes of their own choice.

It is believed that up to 35 charities were set to benefit from last Sunday’s abseil.