Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride


7 - 8 October 2017


From Manchester to Blackpool

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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.

Coach transport now available - visit location & travel tab for more info

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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. Take on a 52 mile bike ride - with a twist.

At midnight you’ll set off from the iconic Intu Trafford Centre - cycling through Lancashire's sleepy country lanes as you head for the Blackpool sea front, where the world famous illuminations will be switched on ready to welcome you through the finish line. 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. 

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Register for the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride

   Registration fee
 Adult entry   £35 

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, so the fundraising target for this incredible ride is at least £100.


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, 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.

Raise money to power our research

Completely planned, organised and managed by the British Heart Foundation, this event exists in order to raise funds for our life saving research. Research that will, one day, put a stop to the devastation caused by heart disease. This year we are asking you all to raise at least £100 to make a difference. 

Creating an online fundraising page is the easiest way to raise money. It takes a few minutes to set up and a link can be easily shared with your friends and family on social media and by email. Remember, you’re taking part in an amazing challenge – people will want to support you. Shout about it from the rooftops! 

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.

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. 

And if you'd like to find yourself some BHF Cycling Kit - so you can show the world you've joined the fight against heart disease both on the night and during your training, why not treat yourself to some exclusive Heart Riders merchandise from our online shop.

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

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

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 0:00am - 01:00am. 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.

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


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

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