Hitchin headteacher terrified of heights takes on fastest zip wire in the world

PUBLISHED: 08:30 06 November 2018

Headteacher Mary Driver faced her fears and took on the fastest zip wire in the world. Picture courtesy of Mary Driver.

Headteacher Mary Driver faced her fears and took on the fastest zip wire in the world. Picture courtesy of Mary Driver.

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A headteacher terrified of heights has faced her fears on the fastest zip wire in the world, raising £3,500 to pay for a community defibrillator and urgently-required school equipment.

Velocity 2 is the fastest zip wire in the world, and the longest in Europe. Picture courtesy of Velocity 2.Velocity 2 is the fastest zip wire in the world, and the longest in Europe. Picture courtesy of Velocity 2.

Mary Driver, headteacher at William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin, reached speeds of 100mph on Velocity 2 at Penrhyn Slate Quarry in North Wales last Wednesday.

She said: “I have always had a fear of heights and the thought of jumping off a mountain terrified me, but I am always telling the children to face their fears and accept challenges, so I thought I had better do the same.

“I was nervous, but it was an amazing experience and I absolutely loved it.

“I was exhilarated and could easily have done the whole thing again.”

The money raised will be used to buy a defibrillator for community use and a new sound and projector system for the school hall.

You can still donate at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wrzipwire

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