101-Year-Old Breaks Rappelling World Record

For charity fundraising

Doris Long descended from the top of England’s 557-foot Spinnaker Tower, breaking her own record from 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Doris Long set the record for oldest woman to rappel last Sunday, descending from the top of the 557-foot Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, England, according to the Guardian. The 101-year-old broke her own Guinness World Record, which she set in May 2014 on her 100th birthday.

“I just have a placid nature,” Long told the Guardian. “I don’t feel afraid and never have.”

Long, a native of Hayling Island, has been rappelling since the age of 85. She uses many of her descents to raise money for charity. Her rappelling last weekend was part of an abseiling party to raise money for the Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville. In 2015, Long set a goal of raising more than $4,500, according to her fundraising page, which reports she came within a few hundred pounds of her target.

Long says she hopes to complete the same feat next year.

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