Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride


Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 October 2018


From Manchester to Blackpool Illuminations

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One of the UK's most iconic cycling events is back for 2018. Cycle through the night aiming for a finish line under the Blackpool Illuminations - left on just for this very special occasion. 

Join the Manchester Evening News' team of heroic riders in this unique event and help to fund life saving heart research.

Online entry now closed, on the day sign up still available

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When: Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 October 2018

Where: From Manchester to Blackpool Illuminations

Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride - Sign up  

Online entry for this event has now closed. Missed out? Don't panic, you can still sign up on the night - just head to our information tent at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which will be open from 10:30pm on Saturday night. 

On the night entry fee
Adult £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. 

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.

What's it all about?

Make 2018 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. 


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. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Location & Travel tab.  

Your entry includes 

  • Downloadable PDF route map 
  • Downloadable route GPX File
  • 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

The deadline for purchasing event transportation tickets has now passed. Please be aware that all tickets on these services must be pre-booked and no tickets will be available to purchase on the night. 

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 6th October 2018

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 7 October 2018. Coaches will not depart until they're full, so please prepare for a short wait. 

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

The start

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


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 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.  


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. 

Join the conversation

Join our Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride event Facebook page in order to hear about any updates as well as have an opportunity to chat and share training and fundraising tips and stories with your fellow participants. 

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

Make the occasion even more memorable and purchase a souvenir of the event from our range of official Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride merchandise

Alternatively 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.  

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
  • 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 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


  • 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 


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


Welcome to the club

Welcome to the 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 to beat heart and circulatory diseases. The BHF currently supports 2,500 healthcare professionals working with people affected by heart and circulatory diseases, funding over 1,100 research projects to help us reach our ultimate goal – the end of heart and circulatory diseases and to the devastation they cause.  

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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