Our good friend and fellow Star Wars fan and podcaster Jamie Burns from Radio Free Endor is part of a team from the Northside Wheelers Bike Club tackling the 52 miles from Manchester to Blackpool this October.

The intrepid bikers from Northside Truck and Van will be riding through the night in aid of the British Heart Foundation and have set up a JustGiving page with a target of £10,000 (at the time of writing they have hit three-quarters of this) so please head over and support this wonderful cause if you can.

In their own words:

My colleagues and I at Northside Truck and Van are taking part in this very unique challenge to raise as much money as we can for the British Heart Foundation’s research and we would be so grateful for your support. We are riding 52 miles from Manchester to Blackpool. Departing from Old Trafford at midnight and riding through the night arriving on Blackpool promenade early Sunday morning to be greeted by the illuminations.The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to support from people like you that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please please please get behind the Northside Wheelers BC and give what you can to help us hit our target. Thanks!

Of course, Jamie won’t be on an actual speeder bike, but I think he should be considering this for the journey – which would be worth sponsorship alone!

Good luck Jamie (and the team) and watch out for those wookiees in the road!