Ben Parkinson: How young Skywalker and Jabba the Hutt became zip-wire record breakers

Ben Parkinson gets ready to go down the zip wire
Ben Parkinson gets ready to go down the zip wire
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Last week I was at Bethesda in Wales as the Pilgrimbandits were trying to break the world record for the most people down Europe’s longest zip wire.

It runs from woodland high in the hills and over an old quarry and lake.

You are travelling like a bullet, head down, for more than 60 seconds and I promise you it feels like forever!

There were loads of us there and the only rule was that no-one mentioned football or the referendum.

We didn’t want another war breaking out.

It was quite a cold windy day – a typical Welsh summer day said the instructor.

This was just as well because you have to be fully suited in special kit so that you can be attached to the line.

You wear a helmet with a head camera so that you can make yourself feel sick all over again watching a re-run.

My red suit was fetchingly accessorised with silver duct tape to shorten the legs and stop them flapping and getting into the mechanism.

Two wires run side by side so you go down in competition.

If you keep your arms behind you that makes you even more streamlined so even faster.

I was partnered with the Founder of the charity, Steve. To me he is just The Boss!

I have a complaint to make.

He has superior weight advantage on his side and this is the only way that he managed to beat me!

In fact I think the maximum weight rule may have been bent in his case!

The ride was unbelievable, especially when you fly over the edge of the quarry and over the lake.

The oldest person to take part was 68 and the youngest 12. That was my mate Lucy Greaves and I hope she is bragging today at school because she helped us break the world record.

A fantastic day and lots of money raised for wounded lads.

The boss christened me Young Skywalker.

I christened him Jabba The Hut.

I am now lying low.