of course there is The Pepsi Max Big One.
The Gazette, Wednesday April 7th 1999:
Stepping Up: Park Office Manager takes 420
steps, 235ft high up The Pepsi Max Big One
pull up in training for the 1999 London
Pleasure Beach manager Brian McCormick has
stepped up his London Marathon training in a
The 38 year old doesn't have enough time
during the day to go running so he runs up
and down the 235 ft Pepsi Max Big One
During lunchtimes Brian can be seen tackling
the 420 steps and he reckons the world's
tallest and steepest rollercoaster gives him
the best possible workout.
"I've been training for about six months and
have been finding it difficult to find the
time to train because of work schedules", he
"Other people at work have said that going
up and down The Big One really gets your
heart pounding so I thought I would try it.
"It's a weird sort of thing to do but it
works and there's no way I could make time
for a run while I'm at work..."
(1999) London Marathon was very tough going. It took me
about four and a half hours to complete.
was a lot of publicity with regards to running up the
Big One pull up. I did several radio interviews and I
was in many newspapers because it was such an unusual
thing to do.
With the help of many work colleagues, friends and
family, I raised nearly £1600 for the National Deaf
Behind the Pepsi Max Big One station is a
pathway called Hacking Street.
Why is it called Hacking Street?
"Hacking Street was named after Victor Hacking,
who was an Assistant General Manager at
Blackpool Pleasure Beach some 25 years or more
He worked for the company for just short of 25
years and when he died the Thompson family
wished him to be remembered as a loyal employee
to the company at the park and therefore the
street was named after him."
Thanks to Pleasure Beach Blackpool's Karen
Maher for emailing an inquisitive reader of
BITSoftheBEACH with the answer.