‘Magnificent Seven’ Aim High

08 September 2015

If you don’t have a head for heights, you might want to look away now. Costain’s very own ‘Magnificent Seven’ are about too hurtle down the fastest zip line in the world – all in aid of the *150 Challenge.

The Zip World Velocity at Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, north Wales, is billed as “the nearest thing to flying without jumping out of a plane” and involves being launched down a mountain head first. The zip line extends to one mile – the longest in Europe – and reaches speeds in excess of 100mph.

The team is led by Tony Davies, Business Development Director in Costain’s Nuclear Sector, together with Rob Phillips, Nick Steciuk, Stephen Moore, Steve Wills, Mike McNamara and Neil Bennion.

“None of us have done anything else like this before, and if we think about it too much it might not happen,” said Tony.

To ease them into the experience and to build their confidence, each person will first go down a smaller zip line. At a comparatively gentle 45mph - the zip line equivalent of a Sunday afternoon stroll - the team will have the opportunity to take in the historic quarry, at one time the biggest slate quarry in the world, and the regions industrial past.

Then it’s the big one, the Velocity. As you soar over a 500 foot cliff you can apparently see the Irish coast, but you have to keep your eyes open long enough to see it. Is anybody scared of heights or flying?

“We’ll find out Thursday. We’ll do a roll call on Friday morning in the staff canteen,” said Tony.

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* The 150 Challenge commemorates Costain’s 150th anniversary and involves raising £1million in 2015 for the Costain Charitable Foundation’s four chosen charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, the British Heart Foundation, youth charity The Prince’s Trust and Samaritans.




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