Climb in the record books

SUPER climbers are needed for a massive climbing event in Cheddar to raise money for charity. 'Crag Attack' will be held

SUPER climbers are needed for a massive climbing event in Cheddar to raise money for charity. 'Crag Attack' will be held in the gorge on July 1 and is set to be one of the biggest events ever organised there.It will raise cash for Children's Hospice South West. Organisers are hoping to break the record for the largest ever rock ascent, have a weird and whacky ascent complete with fancy dress costumes, and get a fit volunteer to do a record-breaking continuous climb lasting 36 hours. Cheddar Caves and Gorge managing director Hugh Cornwell said: "We will also be holding Cheddar Man 2007. It's our version of the Iron Man. Climbers taking part will have to start by climbing High Rock. They will then relay down and run down the gorge to the 274 Steps (formally Jacob's Ladder) and run to the top. Then they will have to run 900 metres uphill along Heaven's 900. "We might have to add some more climbing at the end of that, just to make it really challenging. I think it will probably take about three hours, so obviously we need experienced, fit climbers to volunteer."Staff from Cheddar Ales will be providing free beer to the climbers and Hugh is hoping local scouts will also come along to help with catering. He said: "We would like as many local businesses and groups to help in whatever way they can. Of course, the Cheddar Ale will only be available after the climb, not before."Local climbing expert Martin Crocker has been climbing in the gorge since 1972 and is also helping with the event. He said: "I helped restore over 300 climbs in the gorge and now it has some of the best in the country. It is a great resource. The event is really just going to be a day of general madness. I guess anything goes."Experienced climbers who are fully insured and wish to take part can contact Cheddar Caves and Gorge on 01934 742343.* Costumes from Just for Fun, Weston.


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