Richard's Epic Roller Coaster Challenge!

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American roller coaster enthusiast Richard Rodriguez is attempting to break a world record of riding for 102 days on the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Richard Rodriguez on the Big One at Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Pleasure Beach, Blackpool will be the setting for an epic marathon attempt this summer as American roller coaster enthusiast Richard Rodriguez aims to beat a world record. The 54-year-old will be strapping himself into the Big One at Britain’s favourite tourist attraction from May 31 and riding over the summer months.

Richard wants to break the current Guinness World Record of 102 days roller coaster riding by riding the attraction’s tallest and fastest coaster daily. And now he intends to go even further, describing this as his final marathon at Pleasure Beach, by riding the Big One from the end of May throughout the summer months until mid-September.

This feat of endurance will test Richard’s limits with the Big One reaching a height of 235ft and reaching speeds of up to 85mph through twists and turns around the whole of Pleasure Beach’s 42 acres. Guests visiting Pleasure Beach from May 31 are invited to ride with Richard while he takes part in his record attempt.

Richard was at a special “training session” this week at Pleasure Beach preparing for the event launch next month.

He said: “This is a challenge of epic proportions and I cannot wait to get going on the Big One. I have a long association with Pleasure Beach and have always enjoyed taking part in various challenges over the years but this one really will test me to the limits of endurance. This week has been great training on the roller coaster and I am looking forward to the marathon starting properly on May 31.”

Deputy Managing Director of Pleasure Beach Nick Thompson said: “It’s always great to welcome Richard back to Pleasure Beach as his world record attempts have always attracted a lot of attention. This will no doubt be another epic event for Richard and I would like to wish him luck in his attempt to break the current world record.”

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Nick Hyde
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