Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride

When:

Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 October 2019

Where:

From Manchester to Blackpool Illuminations

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One of the UK's most iconic cycling events is back for 2019. Cycle through the night aiming for a finish line under the Blackpool Illuminations - left on just for this very special occasion. 

Help us fund life saving research by taking part in this unique event.

Registration for 2019 now open - sign up today for an early bird discount

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When: Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 October 2019

Where: From Manchester to Blackpool Illuminations

Make 2019 the year you do something different, something you'll never forget. 

At midnight you’ll set off from the iconic Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground 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. 

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Sign up today and take advantage of an exclusive early bird discount on your entry fee.

 Early Bird  Standard Registration On the night
Adult   £30 £35 £40

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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. 

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 optional travel services - bringing participants and their bikes from Blackpool to Manchester both before and after the ride. You will have to pay in order to use this service and tickets will be available to purchase shortly. Please keep checking for Location & Travel tab for more information. 

Your entry includes 

  • Downloadable PDF route map (2019 route tbc)
  • Downloadable route GPX File (2019 route tbc)
  • Road closure for last 3 miles of route
  • Water
  • Free hot drink at the finish line
  • Roving mechanical support
  • Full route signage
  • Medical support
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Training support
  • Fundraising support

For all other information/details about the event, please refer to our FAQs document

Contact us

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

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]

Coach Transport

In order to reduce some of the stress involved in taking part in a night-time event of this nature, why not make use of our optional travel services that run both before and after the event:

Evening Service (Before the ride)
Travel from Blackpool right to the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground (start line)
Coach will depart Foxhall Village car park at 10.00pm on Saturday 5 October 2019 (TBC)

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 Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester. 
Coaches will depart at regular intervals between the hours of 04:30 to 08:00 on Sunday 6 October 2019 (TBC).
Coaches will not depart until they're full, so please prepare for a short wait. 

There is an additional charge for use of these services, seats must be purchased in advance and will not be available on the night. 
Tickets will be on sale shortly, please keep referring back to this page for more details. 
For all further information and questions about these services, please refer to our 2018 transport FAQs document.   

The start

Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground , Talbot Rd, Stretford, Manchester, Lancashire, M16 0PX

Parking

Free parking will be available for all participants between the hours of 10pm (Saturday evening) and 10am (Sunday morning) at Tesco Extra Stretford (M32 0QW) or alternatively White City Retail Park (M16 0RP) - both of which are a short walk/cycle from the start line. 

The finish

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

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.

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. 

Get kitted up

Check out our fantastic range of other cycling kit. 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. 

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.  

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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

Please be aware the timings and details on this page may be subject to change as the event draws nearer. Keep checking this page throughout the build up for the most up to date information. 

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
  • Refreshments
  • 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

Distance: 52 miles
Climbing: 600 metres

Route maps:

*This is the route that was used in 2018. The 2019 route remains TBC and may be different. This will be confirmed in due course. 

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.  

Road Closure

New for 2018 - we're delighted to confirm the road will be closed for final 3 miles of the route - meaning you'll be able to cycle along Blackpool Promenade and enjoy the world famous illuminations at your own pace in a completely traffic free environment. 

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 and 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. 

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
  • Complimentary hot drink
  • Catering outlets to buy something warming to eat 

Re-live last year

Check out the photos and Facebook page from last year's event to get a sense of what you're going to be in for and what everyone made of this unique occasion:

FAQs

For all other information/details about the event, please refer to our official 2019 FAQs document

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