Towering effort from charity cyclist Nick
A BOSTON man was one of more than 1,000 cyclists to ride through the night to help the British Heart Foundation (BHF) mend broken hearts.
Nick Rushby, 53, has completed the 52 mile Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride as he wanted to support the BHF.
He said: "Taking part in this event was a real challenge and an incredible experience. The atmosphere over the weekend was brilliant and I am proud to have been part of this amazing challenge.
"Knowing I was cycling for such a great cause made me determined to succeed.
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"It was fantastic to have everyone there cheering me on to the finish, knowing that my sponsorship money will help the BHF to raise much-needed funds for the research needed to fight heart disease."
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 riders across Greater Manchester and Lancashire passing through Wigan, Bolton, Chorley, Preston and Lytham St Annes.
The BHF hopes the ride will raise £150,000 towards its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal – a research programme which is searching to bring an end to the suffering of millions worldwide who are living with heart failure.
BHF event organiser Ali Rulton said: "Thanks to Nick and everyone who took part in, volunteered at or supported the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride this year. Yet again, the atmosphere on the night was fantastic with the route flowing with enthusiastic BHF supporters all riding for the one important cause.
"It's because of their support that the money raised will help to create a better future for so many - from babies born with heart defects, to the millions of adults affected by heart disease."
To register for your place in the 2014 Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride, visit bhf.org.uk/m2bnight