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.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Winter Blues?

Well, Christmas and the New Year have come and gone, and much of the original good intentions as regards training are proving hard to keep alive!  Still, after the long cold spell I did manage to get out on some training rides during the first week in January, and then had a week off for a Nile Cruise with Val, plus our good friends (and hopefully motorhome pilot(s) on the big ride) Frank and Bernadette. 
All that good cycling weather - low to mid 20s during the day - and hardly a bike in sight!  Still, the Egyptian temples were amazing and the people in the small group we were with were great fun.
The afternoon after I got back (yesterday) I went for another ride, and just as my cold hands were starting to seize up I got a puncture. Boy, it felt cold changing the inner tube, especially as you have to take off your glove to feel inside the tyre, to make sure there isn't a thorn sticking through to burst the new tube straight away. 
Positive Solutions at Nelson (Graphic Design, Advertising) very kindly designed and printed some business cards for me so that I can hand them out to all and sundry as a remider of the ride - so thank you guys!  http://www.positiveonline.co.uk/
So for the next few weeks/months I need to be carrying on training and looking for more sponsors.  As soon as there is any news you'll be the first to know!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bill, I love the sound of your trip, wish I could do it, but I can't even ride a bike! You might want to check out my blog at http://postcards-pfte.blogspot.com/. I'm blogging my way around the British coastline. It's still in its infancy at the moment, just the south coast of Cornwall so far, but I aim to cover the whole lot eventually.