Michelle Reed


Tue, 14 Jul, 2015

101-year-old woman breaks abseiling record

101-year-old woman breaks abseiling record

A 101-year-old woman has recently topped her own abseiling record after descending down a viewing tower at record-breaking heights.

For her 100th birthday, Doris Long abseiled alongside broadcaster Chris Evans. Since then, Long has topped her previous record, this time descending an impressive 94 metres.

Long took up this inspiring feat in order to raise money for Rowans hospice in Waterlooville, UK.

“Doris is an amazing lady and a huge inspiration,” said events fundraiser at Rowans hospice, Karen Kay. “She has been abseiling for the Rowans hospice for more than 10 years now and has raised over £11,000. We can’t thank her enough for supporting local hospice care.”

When asked if she feels fear upon her descent, Long shared, “I don’t feel afraid and never have – I just have a placid nature.”

Despite having done this many times before, first abseiling at the age of 85, Long explains that it was not without its hardships: “It was very hard work, much harder than last year. It was so windy I swung about a bit but oh yes, I enjoyed it. I feel it’s well worth it.”

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