This weekend more than a thousand cyclists rode under the stars as they took part in our third Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride.
The 52 mile nocturnal ride, supported by Santander, started at Manchester’s Trafford Centre and finished under the lights of Blackpool Illuminations. The route took cyclists across Greater Manchester and Lancashire passing through Wigan, Bolton, Chorley, Preston and Lytham St Annes.
Our cycling champion, Team GB Track and Road cyclist Andy Tennant was there to officially start the ride.
Amongst the thousands of riders was Natalie Bainbridge, 20, who took part for her mum, Leelan Bainbridge, 46, who suffers from heart failure. Natalie’s mum was diagnosed with heart failure in 2009, approximately four years ago and had a pacemaker fitted a few months later.
I wanted to help other families who are affected by heart failure.
Natalie said: “When my mum was diagnosed with heart failure, I was devastated. It is so hard to see someone you love suffer like that. I decided to get on my bike and rally my friends and boyfriend to join me on the bike ride. I wanted to help other families who are affected by heart failure by raising money for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal to research a cure.”
The ride raised money for our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal – a cutting edge research programme which is searching to bring an end to heart failure.
You can register for your place in the 2014 Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride now.