THE LAST few places are available for a bike ride from Manchester to Blackpool in support of Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The hospice is offering free transport for anyone riding for the Hindley-based charity in The Christie Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride on Sunday, July 10th.

The limited places are available for those want free transport to Manchester and home again from Blackpool at the end of the day.


Inspired to join

Mark Hamilton, a member of the nine-strong Big Boned Bikers team taking part, said: “This year there will be 9 of us taking part – we must have inspired family members to join in!

“We take part for various reasons; we enjoy cycling and it’s the only real chance we have of all cycling together, and our families come out to support us en route and at the finishing line. I can’t speak for the rest of the Big Boned Bikers but on a personal level after seeing the love and care the hospice gave to my sister in law in her final weeks the money raised to help others is the most important reason we do this ride. It is also a local charity that the people of Wigan and Leigh benefit from in their darkest times.”


62-mile route

On the way participants will cycle through Tyldesley, Atherton, Leigh, Aspull, Haigh and Standish on the 62-mile route ending at the South Promenade at Blackpool.

Sophie Cannon, Fundraising Manager, said: “The bike ride has been going for years and there’s a reason why people keep coming back to do it again and again. It’s well-organised and it’s loads of fun – they also love the free pies of course!”


Important information

The Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride is a ride, not a race, and is open to anyone aged 14 years old and upwards although those aged 14 to 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

It costs just £25.50 to sign up but all riders are asked to raise at least £100 in sponsorship to make sure the hospice can cover costs and raise vital funds.

Participants will receive a Wigan and Leigh Hospice branded T-Shirt and a pie. The event has maintenance vehicles along the route, so in the event of any breakdowns or problems, help is always at hand. Free transport will be given on a first come, first served basis. All registrations close on July 1st, 2022.

Sign up now. Contact the fundraising team on 01942 525566 /


Photo The Big Boned Bikers in 2019 (l to r) Simon Costello; Mark Heap; Paul Menguy; Anneke Menguy, Andrew Haslan and Mark Hamilton