I'm a double cancer survivor, cyclist and walker who does various challenges for different charities, mainly cancer-related.

In 2016 I climbed every single 'Birkett' in the Lake District - all 542 fells over 1,000' within the National Park, including all 214 Wainwrights. I've also done a three-week cycle tour of Tasmania in February 2015 and amongst other things, I've cycled from Land's End to John o'Groats (2003), Rotterdam to Lemvig (Denmark) (2005), walked the Pennine Way (2008) completed (my first) ascent of all 214 'Wainwrights' in the Lake District in only 55 days (2009), cycled 4,500 miles around the coast of Great Britain (2011), cycled all 42 of the accessible Western Isles of Scotland in under a month (2012), twice abseiled 230 ft from the top of The Big One in Blackpool, cycled the WWI Western Front from London to Compiegne via Ypres and Arras (2014), cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014), done a bit of sky-diving and cycled Australia's Great Ocean Road - just before lockdown in 2020.

Altogether I've raised over £120,000 for my charities including The Christie, Cancer Research UK, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and ABF (The Soldiers' Charity) and I was mightily chuffed to receive the British Empire Medal in the 2014 New Year's Honours List.

I'm a Rotarian and give illustrated talks about my adventures in exchange for a donation to charity, so if you're looking for a speaker leave me a message. I am also Event Organiser for the Ribble Valley Ride Cycle Sportive, to be held this year on Sunday 5 September 2021 - more details at www.ribblevalleyride.org

You can also follow me on Twitter - @CancerBikeMan and on Facebook - just search for Bill Honeywell

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research, whilst The Rosemere does fantastic work for patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Why I'm Supporting Cancer Research UK

Whilst there are many really worthwhile charities providing palliative care for cancer patients – Macmillan Nurses, Marie Curie, the Rosemere Foundation, and many more – I think it is also vital to support ground-breaking scientific research which will lead to lasting benefits both in terms of treatment and preventing cancer in the first place.

That’s why I am supporting the excellent work being carried out by Professor Margaret Frame at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, which will help cancer patients now and in the future throughout the UK and beyond.

A lot of planning needs to go into the Cycle Round Britain’s Coast Challenge: the start of the ride is still five months away and I’m going to be kept busy the whole time between now and then. But if you don’t want to wait and would rather help this vital work by Cancer Research UK right now, go to


where there is lots more information and an easy way to make a donation. Unlike the JustGiving web site, every penny of your donation will go directl to Cancer Research UK. (Even if you don’t want to donate now, it’s worth looking at the site!)

If you put my Giving Group page in your favourites you can keep up to date with progress before, during and after the ride around Britain. And if you have any queries or can offer any help, all you need to do is post a comment and I’ll get straight back to you.

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