Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride


24 - 25 September 2016


From Manchester to Blackpool

Our fight against heart disease never sleeps. Take on the night and ride through Lancashire’s country lanes towards the glow of the Blackpool illuminations.

Every penny you raise will help to fund cutting edge research which will bring an end to heart disease.

Advanced registration for this event has now closed, but you can still sign up on the night

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Take Part

When: 24 - 25 September 2016

Where: From Manchester to Blackpool

Make 2016 the year you do something different, something you'll never forget. This is a 52 mile bike ride - with a twist.

You'll set off from the iconic Intu Trafford Centre at midnight - and cycle through Lancashire's sleepy country lanes as you head for the Blackpool sea front, where the world famous illuminations will be switched on to greet you. While others are tucked up in bed, you'll be putting your mental and physical endurance levels to the test as you attempt to conquer this unique challenge. It'll be hard work but the unforgettable sunrise you'll witness along with the knowledge that you'll be cycling to power life saving heart research, will make it all worthwhile. 

Get your place

Advanced entry for this event has now closed, but if you've missed out, you can still sign up on the night. Just pop along to our registration tent from 10:30pm, located at Barton Square in the intu Trafford Centre.

 On-the-day entry fee  £40


You must be over the age of 18 in order to take part in this event.

All participants must have a working light on the front and back of your bike. This is the law and you will not be allowed to take part without them. You must also wear a helmet in order to take part.

On the night registrations will be charged at a higher fee, so we strongly recommend signing up in advance in order to avoid disappointment.  

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that powers our life saving research.

Your entry includes 

  • Training support - including offer of a free British Cycling led training ride (visit the Get Ready tab for more info)
  • Fundraising support
  • Downloadable route map
  • Downloadable route GPX file
  • Roving mechanical support
  • Full route signage
  • Medical support
  • Free Water
  • A medal for all finishers

Contact us

If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]

Coach Transfer

The tickets for our coach transport service have now sold out, and there will not be any available to purchase on the night. We recommend sourcing alternative transport where possible. 

If you've purchased a ticket for the evening service, please arrive at Foxhall Village Car Park, FY1 5QE no later than 21:30. You will be dropped at Barton Square at the Intu Trafford Centre at approximately 23:00, where you will be able to make your way to the start. 

If you've purchased a ticket for the transport back to Manchester after the ride, this will depart from the finish line. There will be signage and staff to show you where to go. The first service will leave at approximately 04:30 and buses will leave on a rolling basis through until approximately 07:30. Buses will not depart until they are full so please be prepared for a small wait. The final bus will not depart until everyone who has purchased a seat has been accounted for. The drop off point will be Barton Square, at the intu Trafford Centre (the start location).

You will travel on a coach and your bike on a lorry which will travel at the same time as you. Bubble wrap will be provided to protect your bikes but you will have to wrap your own bike if required. Our staff will help you do this if possible. 

The start


Intu Trafford Centre, Barton Square, Manchester, Lancashire, M41 7TB

Travelling to the start 

By train

Trafford Park Railway Station is only a two miles from the start line and can be reached via Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road Stations. 

Northern Rail will be operating a normal Sunday service. Carriage of bikes is at the discretion of the train operator/conductor and we recommend customers pre-book their bike onto the train. Each train has limited capacity. 

For more information visit the National Rail cycling page

By car

The Trafford Centre is a few minutes from the M60, so it’s easy to reach by car. Please access the area via Junction 9 of the M60 as access from Junction 10 will be restricted. 

There are no planned road closures at the Trafford Centre, nor any transport restrictions. All vehicles will be permitted on Barton Dock Road, so please take care when arriving. Parking at the Trafford Centre is free, simply follow the event car park signs and the stewards instructions upon arrival.

The postcode for SatNav is M41 7TB.

The finish

Blackpool Promenade, Comedy Carpet, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1AP

Travelling from the finish line

By train

Blackpool North a mile away from the finish line. Remember you will be finishing in the early hours on a Sunday and not all trains will be running. Please check National Rail before planning your journey. 

By car

The closest parking to the finish area is the pay and display 24 hour Central Car Park - Bonny Street, Blackpool, FY1 5AR

The price for a full day is £13. The car park has a 6ft 3” height restriction, check the height of your vehicle if you’re using a roof rack carrier. 

Visit for further information.

Get ready for your ride

Raise money to power our research

Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating.

Create an online fundraising page - it's the easiest way to get sponsored. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.

Create your fundraising page

Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

Get fit for your challenge

This a long distance bike ride, so you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our cycling training zone.

Free British Cycling Training Ride

In order to help you get ready for the big night, we've teamed up with British Cycling to offer participants of this year's Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride a range of free training rides. A fully trained ride leader will accompany you and a group of fellow participants on a ride to help you build up for the event. They'll also give lots of advice and helpful tips as well as answer any questions you may have - to ensure you're fully prepared to take on your challenge.

There are three rides on offer, with places strictly limited - sign up today to avoid disappointment: 

*These rides are strictly for BHF Manchester to Blackpool participants only. Places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.  

We will be in touch

We will be in contact with you before the day sending you information and updates. We will also include lots of handy hints and tips to help with your training and preparation. 

When you sign up you will also receive your rider pack from us. This will include: 

  • Your rider number – please look after your number and bring it with you to wear on the night. You won’t be able to start without it.
  • Event welcome booklet, full of fundraising ideas
  • A Rules of the Road leaflet
  • Sponsorship form
  • Heart note, which you can wear on the night to express your inspiration for taking part.

If you have ordered travel tickets they will be sent to you before the ride. If you don’t receive them, please contact the team.

Make sure you have the right kit

All participants must wear a helmet when riding in this event - and we also advise you to wear reflective Hi-vis clothing. Take a look at our recommended cycling kit list for a full itinerary of what to wear on the night and what to bring with you. 

You must have a working light on the front and back of your bike. This is the law and you will not be allowed to take part without them. A limited number of lights will be available to purchase at the start line, however, we strongly advise sourcing these before then. 

You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.

Sign up for British Cycling membership

British Cycling membership includes insurance and they’ll donate £4 for every Ride Membership Package our riders sign up for. Find out about the membership benefits.

Get your family and friends involved

Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, or they could come and help on the day. Volunteers are vital in making our events a success.

At the start

 Transport service departs Blackpool  21:30
 Information point open  22:30 
 Transport service arrives at start  23:00
 Event start  00:00 - 01:00
 First transport service departs finish line  04:30 (approx.)
 Final transport serve departs finish line  07:30 (approx.)
 Event finish  08:00

There information point, open from 22:30, will be taking on the night registrations and issuing replacement rider numbers to those that need it. 

You don't need to check in, so if you have everything you need, we recommend arriving no earlier than 23:30.

On the night, one of our marshals will give you an OS folded map of the route showing mile markers and rest stop locations.

At the start you'll find:

  • Toilets
  • Refreshment
  • Mechanic stand
  • Information point (for any last minute problems)

If you have not reached the finish line by the cut off time, you will be collected and drive to the finish line. This is due to your safety as you will no longer be supported on the route by our marshals, medical provider and signage may also have been taken down after this point. 

The route

You'll set off in controlled waves between 24:00 - 01:00. The ride is 52 miles on road and will be signposted and marshalled all the way.

There will be two rest stops with water points, toilets and the opportunity to purchase a range of drinks and snacks.

Stay safe

The roads you’ll ride on will be open to traffic. Help keep everyone safe by reading our Rules of the Road leaflet, which will be posted to you with your rider number.


  • Wear your helmet
  • Use a bike light on the front and back of your bike - this is the law and you will not be able to take part without them
  • Wear Hi-Vis reflective clothing
  • Never overtake recklessly or try not to pass on the inside
  • Obey the police, marshals and ride officials
  • If your bike breaks down, get off the road as soon as possible

There will be free water, first aid and mechanical support through the night. Please ensure you have our emergency number with you during the ride in case you need to call for help. 

At the finish

At the finish you'll find:

  • Well deserved cheer and medal
  • Free water
  • Catering outlets to buy something warming to eat

For a further idea of what to expect, why not check out the pictures from last year's event.

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