Join our team for the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride
Sat 26 - Sun 27 September 2015
From Manchester to Blackpool
You must be over 18 to take part in this event.
Alternatively you can download and fill in our entry form (pdf) and send back to us.
Cycling with your family, friends or colleagues? Start a team when you sign up and invite everyone to join you. Each member will need to enter the team name and the team leader’s name when registering online.
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 guidance
- Fundraising support
- Medical support
- Full route signage and marshalling
- A medal for all finishers
- Rest stops on the way to Blackpool
If you would like more information on any of our events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:
Tel: 0845 130 8663
Make your travel plans
Intu Trafford Centre,
Barton Dock Road,
Travelling to the start
Trafford Park Railway Station is only a two miles from the start line and can be reached via Manchester Piccadilly or Oxford Road Stations.
The Trafford Centre is only 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 is free, simply follow the signs and the stewards instructions
The postcode for SatNav is M41 7TB.
Travelling from the finish line
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.
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.
Get ready for your ride
Once you have signed up we will send you a rider pack which will include lots of information on the ride, including your rider number, a guide to riding at night and lots of fundraising tips.
If you have ordered travel tickets they will be sent to you before the Night Ride. If you don’t receive them, please contact the team.
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.
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Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.
Get fit for your challenge
This is a challenging ride and 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.
Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.
Make sure you have the right kit
Take a look at our recommended cycling kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you. A helmet and lights are essential for you to take part in this event.
Order a t-shirt to wear the event. You can order when you register and we will send them to you before the event, or you can buy on the day.
You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.
Enter the team name and the team Leader’s name when registering online.
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.
Join us on Facebook
Join the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride Facebook event for event updates and share your experiences with other runners.
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
Our night time adventure will start from The Trafford Centre near Manchester. There will be an information point open from 21:30 on the night. Head there if you have any questions.
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 route, showing mile markers and rest stop locations.
You will find toilets, a mechanic stand and a merchandise stall at the start.
The roads you’ll ride on will be open to traffic. Make sure you read our Rules of the Road leaflet, which will be posted out to you with your riders pack.
- 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.
The ride is 52 miles on road and will be signposted and marshalled all the way.
We’ll have three rest stops where there'll be water, toilets and the opportunity to purchase a range of drinks and snacks. The rest stop locations and opening times are on the Route Guide which will be posted to you with your rider number.
Every rider will be emailed a link to view the route map on Google as well as a link to download the GPX file a week before the ride. You will also be given an OS map of the route on the night, which includes all the basic details you need to follow the routes including rest stop locations and timings.
At the finish
At the finish you'll find:
- Well deserved cheer and medal
- Free water
- Catering outlets to buy something warming to eat.
Last year's ride
In 2013, our amazing riders raised more than £150,000 to help power our life saving research.