Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience - FAQ

 Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience FAQs

1. Where is it? Which side of the bridge? Which bridge!?!

If you are taking part in the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience, please arrive at the Hawes Inn in South Queensferry – it’s the historic inn directly under the south (Edinburgh side!) of the bridge.

The lift journey to the very top of the bridge will take place from North Queensferry, however, transport will be provided for participants between the registration and abseil area (at South Queensferry) to North Queensferry and back. Participants must arrive at South Queensferry at the time indicated in their confirmation letter.

The event is in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the opening of the *rail* bridge (the very famous red bridge!)

2. How old do you have to be to take part?

In order to take part in the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience, you must be at least 16 years old on the day of the event itself. In addition, participants aged 16 or 17 must have written parental consent to take part. If this applies to you, please call us on 0300 1212 000 as soon as possible to get the paperwork sent out to you.

 3. Are there any weight / size limits?

We don’t have any specific weight or size limits for the event and have had participants of all shapes and sizes take part in the past. However, if you feel that you might have any difficulty getting into or using a harness, or being in a lift with other people please contact us.

Although we will try our best to accommodate those with special requirements, the health and safety of our participants is our paramount concern and sometimes it is not possible for all participants to take part. We reserve the right to make this decision at any point on a case by case basis, even if we initially thought it possible for an individual to take part.

To get in touch and discuss any queries, please call us on 0300 1212 000 during office hours.

4. Can I have a drink beforehand to get a bit of ‘Dutch courage’?

Definitely not. It is important that you do not consume any alcohol in the hours before the event. We reserve the right to refuse access to the bridge to anyone who we suspect to be under the influence or for any other health and safety reason.

Once you have completed the event, we will be rewarding participants with a celebratory glass of bubbly!

5. Do I have to register for a place in advance?

Yes – in order to take part in the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience, you must register in advance at: www.125experience.com  – places are expected to sell out very quickly, so don’t wait around to register.

It is not possible to register on the day of the Event itself.

6. Where do I come to on the day?

Come to the Hawes Inn, 7 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9TA – Click to see view on Google Maps

Please be sure to arrive in plenty of time of your assigned registration time.

 7. Is the lift journey to the top of the bridge in the same place as the abseil/registration etc?

No. All participants must register at the Hawes Inn, South Queensferry (directions above). Once registered, you will be transported by bus to North Queensferry to take the lift journey to the top of the bridge.

After completing this, you will be transported back to South Queensferry to take part in the abseil element of the event and receive your bubbly, certificate etc.

It is not possible for participants to use their own transport to get to North Queensferry and back – this is provided as part of the event experience which both starts and ends in South Queensferry.

8. What happens if it is rainy/windy/cold?

Inclement weather does not usually cause any problems and the event will run as usual in all but the most severe weather.

If there is the possibility of a cancellation/postponement, we would post details at: www.125experience.com   – if you provided a mobile phone number during registration, we will also send a text message to you with further information.

9. What if I haven’t been given all my sponsor money before the day?

If you haven’t quite raised or collected in all your sponsorship money before the day of the event – don’t worry! We can take a post-dated cheque on the day of the event and only bank it one month after the event, giving you time to finish collecting in your money or fundraising.

If you have any questions about this, give us a call on 0300 1212 000 during office hours.

10. I’m worried about meeting my fundraising target

Don’t worry. Everyone worries that they are not going to raise enough, however, very few people actually have much difficulty once they get into the swing of fundraising.

Give us a call on 0300 1212 000  and we will put you in touch with your regional fundraising advisor. This person is there to give you lots of support and advice to kick start your fundraising and most importantly of all, make it fun!

You can also check out our fundraising resources on our fundraising website www.MyFundraising.org.uk

11. Do we need any training for the abseil?

No previous experience is needed to take part: it’s suitable for everyone over 16 years of age, however, parental consent is required for 16 & 17 year olds. Our team of highly skilled instructors will ensure you are safely equipped with everything you need to make the abseil safe and enjoyable.

If you have any questions, give us a call on 0300 1212 000 during office hours.

12. Can my friends and family watch me abseil?

Yes! There are some great viewing opportunities either from the beach or just by the sea wall – just across the road from the Hawes Inn. The time that you actually abseil will be about an hour after you register - however this could vary (either way).

As you walk out on to the bridge to abseil, your name will be called by the commentator – so your friends/family can look out for you!

Your friends/family etc. will not be able to accompany you to North Queensferry to watch your trip to the very top of the bridge.

13. My mum/dad/friend wants to take part as well. Can we be in the same group?

Yes –give us a call on 0300 1212 000 and we will try our very best to get you in the same group.

14. Can I volunteer on the day to help?

Yes! Visit the link below, click ‘register your interest’ and then fill in the form. The form will ask you if you have a specific event in mind – so just enter “Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience”.

We’ll be in touch in the run up to the event with more information – keep the date free in your diary!

Link for volunteers:
https://www.chss.org.uk/supportus/volunteer-for-us/what-can-i-do/events-volunteer-roles/

15. What fancy dress costumes are allowed?

We love people dressing up in fancy dress, however, safety comes first and you will not be allowed to take part in any costume that could cause a health and safety risk to either yourself or others.

Things to watch out for are any costumes which are very big and would cause problems in the lift, or anything which could get caught in the ropes etc. If you do come in fancy dress, please do bring a spare change of clothes, just in case we feel the costume isn’t suitable, you can then at least take part in your regular clothes.

16. What shall I wear? Will I get a t-shirt/when will I get my t-shirt?

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in for the event, and good sturdy footwear is essential. It can be very cold and windy up on the bridge and if it’s raining, it’s very wet, so a waterproof coat always comes in handy.

Clothes with zipped pockets are also very handy if you plan to bring anything with you onto the bridge.

Every participant will get a CHSS t-shirt at the registration desk on the day of the event.

17. Can we take cameras/phones on to the bridge?

You can take small cameras and phones on to the bridge, however, everything you are carrying must be attached to your person at all times (e.g. with a wrist strap) and then be safely put into zipped pockets before you Event.

18. Will there be photos?

Yes! We have professional photographers who will snap a photo of you on the viewing platform at the very top of the bridge and also in mid air as you start your abseil.

These photos are available to view and purchase immediately after you land back on solid ground after the abseil.

19. We’re taking part as a team – can we have a team target?

Yes you can – this is something which many groups find helpful with their fundraising and makes it even more fun. To work out your team target, simply add together all your individual targets.

20. Is there baggage storage available?

Unfortunately not. We recommend leaving any baggage or personal belongings with friends/family members who are attending the event with you.

21. After the lift journey, how long will I have on the platform at the very top of the bridge?

After taking the 3 minute lift journey, you will have over 10 minutes on the platform at the top of the bridge. During this time, we will take a professional photograph of you/your group which will be available to view and purchase back in South Queensferry.

22. Can I get some more sponsor forms?

Yes, give us a call on 0300 1212 000 or email: events@chss.org.uk and we can send more forms to you.

Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the sponsor form to print out by Clicking HERE!

If you haven’t yet set up an on-line sponsorship page, this is definitely something you should do. It’s quick, easy and makes raising money much simpler, especially from your friends/family/colleagues who you don’t see face to face. To set up your on-line sponsorship page, go to: https://www.chss.org.uk/set-up-my-page/

23. I have had a stroke, heart attack or have a medical condition – can I still take part?

We work very hard to make the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience as accessible as possible, however, if you are aware of any pre-existing medical conditions/history which could in any way affect your ability to take part safely in the event, including climbing up to the abseil point on foot or abseiling itself, it is essential that you seek advice from your doctor. You then must only take part in the event if you have been advised by your doctor that it is safe for you to participate. You must also communicate any relevant medical information to the registration controller on the day.

In order for you to access the bridge, most participants must be able to climb stairways to the bridge platform (a total of 50m accent from the registration point).

Although we can sometimes make some limited arrangements for participants who might have difficulty climbing stairs, if you can foresee any issues with this or any other aspects of the event, it is important you contact us before you start fundraising to confirm we can make the necessary arrangements on the day.

Although we will try our best to accommodate those with special requirements, the health and safety of our participants is our paramount concern and sometimes it is not possible for all participants to take part. We reserve the right to make this decision at any point on a case by case basis, even if we initially thought it possible for an individual to take part.

To get in touch and discuss any queries, please call us on 0300 1212 000 during office hours.

24. Will there be car parking?

Yes, although we encourage you to car-share or use public transport if at all possible.

If you do drive to the event, please park on Hawes Brae – the hill coming up out of South Queesferry – to the west of the Hawes Inn.

25. What facilities are available at the event? Toilets/food

The Hawes Inn very generously allows us to base ourselves inside their historic inn on Event days. There are marvellous facilities in the pub and they also do great food!

There are very few facilities during your trip to North Queensferry to take the lift journey to the top of the bridge. This section of the event should take around 1 hour until you are returned to South Queensferry.

26. Do I need insurance to take part?

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland carries up to £10 million public liability insurance. Please note, however, that this is NOT personal accident insurance and you may wish to speak to your insurance agent to take out such cover through your household policy.

27. I’m a bit scared of heights

Everyone is at least a little bit scared as they take part in the event – it’s part of the thrill. When you’re on the bridge, look straight ahead at the amazing views over the Firth of Forth, out over to Fife – don’t look down!

If you feel especially scared, please let our staff and volunteers know how you’re feeling – we’re there to help you feel as comfortable as possible as you take part.

28. OK - I'm all ready - how do I register?

You can register to take part in the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Experience by clicking here!

29. You didn’t answer my question..

Give us a call on 0300 1212 000 during office hours and we will try our best to help!

 

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