Cycling in the moonlight

Weary cyclists and onlookers at last year's Manchester to Blackpool bike ride  opposite the Solaris centre on New South Promenade.

Weary cyclists and onlookers at last year's Manchester to Blackpool bike ride opposite the Solaris centre on New South Promenade.

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A night-time bike ride stretching from Manchester to the coast at Blackpool will return for a third year.

Registration is now open for the Manchester To Blackpool Night Ride, supported by Santander, which is raising money for British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Last year, 1,000 riders used pedal power to raise more than £120,000 for BHF and its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, funding research to find a cure for heart failure.

Ali Rulton, event organiser for BHF, said: “We love organising the Manchester To Blackpool Night Ride each year.

“There is such an appetite for cycling in the North West and we always get a great response from the public for this event, both in regard to sign ups and support.

“Last year was our most successful year to date so we’re expecting 2013 to be even bigger and better.”

The 55-mile route starts from the Trafford Centre at 11pm on September 28 bound for Blackpool with the aim to be at the seaside in time for sunrise.

British Cycling is backing the event and Jill Puttnam, national operations manager for the cycling governing body, said: “Since the Tour de France and the Olympics last year, we have seen an unprecedented number of people take to their bikes, whether it is for work, recreation or sport.”

Entry costs £30 and individuals or teams can enter.

Training beforehand is strongly recommended.

To sign up, visit www.bhf.org.uk/m2bnight, e-mail nightride@bhf.org.uk or call 0300 4568355.

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