Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride

When:

7 - 8 October 2017

Where:

From Manchester to Blackpool

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One of the UK's most iconic cycling events is back for 2017. Cycle through the night aiming for a finish line under the Blackpool Illuminations - left on just for the occasion.  

Help us fund life saving research by taking part in this unique event. Heart disease never sleeps, and for one night only, neither will you.

Check out our brand new FAQ document for lots of details about what to expect on the night

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Take Part

When: 7 - 8 October 2017

Where: From Manchester to Blackpool

Make 2017 the year you do something different, something you'll never forget. 

At midnight you’ll set off from the iconic Intu Trafford Centre and take on a 52 mile Lancashire route, heading for the glow of the Blackpool sea front, where the world famous illuminations will be switched on exclusively to welcome you across the finish line. While others are tucked up in bed, you'll be putting your mental and physical endurance levels to the test on this unforgettable challenge. It'll be hard work but as you cycle up Blackpool Promenade, under the dazzling lights and cross the finish line in time 
to watch the sunrise over the sea, safe in the knowledge you've just completed a tough challenge in order to help save lives, it will all feel worth it. 

Sign Up

Register for the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride

   Registration fee
 Adult entry   £35 

For more information about the event, check out our Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride FAQs.

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 but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research. We are therefore asking all participants at this year's event to try and raise at least £100.

Transport

Due to a lack of public transport around the times of this event, we'll be running travel services - bringing participants and their bikes from Blackpool to Manchester both before and after the ride. For more information, check out our transport FAQs and to purchase your tickets, visit the Location and Travel Tab.

Your entry includes 

  • Training support
  • 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 Transport 

Make your event day that little bit less stressful by letting us take care of your transport! Choose from one of two services that will bring you from Blackpool to Manchester:

Evening Service (Before the ride)
Travel from Blackpool right to the Intu Trafford Centre (start line)
Coach will depart Foxhall Village car park at 10.00pm on Saturday 7th October 2017 

Book tickets

Morning Services (After the ride)
Travel from the finish line, with a coach full of champions after you've completed the ride, back to the Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester. 
Coaches will depart at regular intervals between the hours of 04:30 to 08:00 on Sunday 8 October 2017. Coaches will not depart until they're full, so please prepare for a short wait.

Book tickets

Please note that seats are limited on all services and every passenger must pre book their ticket before the deadline of 7 September 2017. No tickets will be available to purchase on the day. 

For all further information and questions about these services, please refer to our transport FAQ document.

The start

Intu Trafford Centre, Trafford Blvd, Stretford, Manchester, Lancashire, M17 8AA

Travelling to the start 

By train

Trafford Park Railway Station is only a two miles (10 minute cycle) from the start line and can be reached via Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road Stations. 

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

For the first time ever we have hired the Tower Ballroom for a dazzling indoor finish area. Once you have crossed the finish line, check out the famous ballroom while you have some well-deserved food! 

Travelling from the finish line

By train

Blackpool North is 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 blackpool.gov.uk/transportandstreets for further information.

Use your pedal power to save lives

Heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer. It strikes, often without warning, tearing loved ones away, sometimes without even a chance to say goodbye. This has got to stop. Through funding pioneering heart research, we are determined to put an end to the devastation heart disease causes. But we need your help to make that goal a reality. We rely on your fundraising to keep up our work - your registration fee only helps to cover the cost of putting the event on - so please raise what you can, to help us keep more families together for longer.

Reach your fundraising target

The easiest way to get sponsored is by setting up an online fundraising page. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and you can then easily share a link to your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can show their support for the amazing challenge you've set yourself. Make sure you keep it up to date too, share your story - tell people why you're taking part, how you've found your training and how you're feeling ahead of the big day. Make your supporters feel like they're a part of your experience - it could make all the difference to your total.  

CREATE YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE 

We've also put together a short guide to help you make the most of your page. 

It's not all about online donations either, there are lots of other ways of getting the money rolling in, and having a great time while you're at it - check out our fundraising hints and tips for some other ideas to help you smash your target, and there's also a fantastic range of fundraising resources available for you too. 

Get fit for your challenge

A 52 mile bike ride is not to be sniffed at - you'll need to be prepared for the challenge. For some help planning your training, check out the information available in our cycling training zone. On top of this we would also recommend incorporating some night time exercise into your training plan.

Join the conversation

Join our Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride Facebook page, where you'll receive up to date information about the event, and have the opportunity to talk to your fellow participants before the big day. 

Get kitted up

Show the world you've joined the Heart Riders team and treat yourself to some new kit from our online cycling shop. Whether you're after something to wear on your training rides or on the day itself, an accessory you need or a gift for a loved one - start browsing and find something for you today. And with all proceeds going towards our life saving heart research, it gives the term guilt free shopping a whole new meaning!  

And if you're not sure what to wear on the day and what you need to bring with you, take a look at our recommended cycling kit list.

Please remember you must wear a helmet when taking part in this event, and 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. We also recommend wearing high visibility clothing on the night. 

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

You're a Heart Rider - spread the word

Signing up for this challenge is no mean feat and we want you to tell all your friends and family just what you're doing and why. To help you spread the word we've created a range of social media profile pictures for you to use. Choose your favourite, upload it and start telling everyone what it means to be a Heart Rider. Don't forget to include a link to your JustGiving page.

Get your family and friends involved

Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information.  

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

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

At the start of the event, you'll be released in controlled waves of cyclists. There are no allocated start times.

At the start you'll find:

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

If you have not reached the finish by the cut off time, you will be collected and driven to Blackpool. This is for 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

This event is ideal for keen cyclists looking for their next adventure to be something different. However, the 52 mile distance and world class support on offer make this an achievable challenge for less experienced cyclists, with the right training. 

The event does take place on open roads, some of which are well known in the area. However, the time of night means there are very few vehicles out making these roads much quieter than normal.  

This event is not a race, so please remember to take your time, have fun and soak up the inspirational atmosphere that this ride is so well known for. 

What support is available?

The whole route will be fully signposted before the event starts, there will be friendly marshals at lots of key junctions and we have sweeper vehicles who stay behind the last riders, making sure that no-one is left behind. We will also give you access to a ride control number in case you have any problems on the course throughout the night.

Throughout the event you will have access to a first aid team, a bike mechanic, toilets and water. There will be designated rest stops where you can get refreshments and snacks. Caterers will be available at the start and finish.

If at any point in the ride, you feel like you can’t continue, we will also have support vehicles that can collect you and take you to the finish site.
Closer to the event, we will publish all of the contact details for services on the day.

FAQs

For more information about the event, check out our Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride FAQs.

Stay safe

Remember:

  • 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

Welcome to the club

New for 2017 is our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

Your fundraising will make a significant difference to the BHF as we continue our fight against heart disease. The BHF currently supports 2,500 healthcare professionals working with people affected by cardiovascular disease, funding over 1,100 research projects to help us reach our ultimate goal – the end of heart disease and to the devastation it causes.  

If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page firstly congratulations you are amazing! You'll now be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive your exclusive BHF jersey

For teams to be eligible there must be at least £500 or more (excluding Gift Aid) pledged per person, along with the names of all eligible entrants showing on the team fundraising page and each individual needs to fill in a separate form in each case to claim the 500 club jersey.

(E.g A team of 4 would need a minimum of £2000 (exc Gift Aid) pledged on their team page)

How do I claim?

Complete our form to request your jersey

Size Chart

Size XS  XL  XXL 
Chest Size (In)  33-35 35-37 37-39 39-41

41-43

43-45 
Chest Size (Cm)  84-89  89-94  94-99  99-104  104-109  109-114 

Note: Due to the fit being small, we recommend ordering one size up to your usual size.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club

Terms and Conditions

Other useful information