By Lisa Talbott
Regular readers of this blog will know that we’re currently raising money for the NSPCC by participating in the Gold Challenge, where we must complete 2012km via Olympic Sport. Still high on the buzz of the London Games we thought we would do something a bit different as part of our challenge, so decided to walk over the top of the O2 (yes, walking is an Olympic sport).
On arrival we were greeted by a health and safety video and given a waiver to sign, at which point I realised this would be no stroll in the park. We were then taken to another room to get kitted up in a nice onesie (who doesn’t love a onesie?), a harness and climbing shoes if needed (which in hindsight I really should have worn).
Because this is the Summer and we’re in London, as soon as we went outside it started to rain. Although it was a short shower it managed to make what we were about to walk on very slippery – think wet bouncy castle. As the first sector was quite steep, it took all my effort not to slide back down the side of the O2, taking out all of the people behind me. It wasn’t far short of a scene from It’s a Knock Out!
After 20 humorous minutes we eventually made it up the 60 metre walk to the summit, ably assisted by the Up and Over App, which provides information about the climb along with information on the sites you can see. We were also given a name clip with a chip in it, which marked our progress and recorded the whole experience. When we arrived at the end we were sent a text message complete with video clip.
Although we haven’t got a gold medal around our necks, the experience was amazing and we would all highly recommend it to anyone. Thankfully no @JohnsonKingPR members were harmed during this task – @BexySurtees, @FloraHaslam, @JacsBooker, @linzichallis and I are all safe and sound, and ready for the next challenge.
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