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.

Friday, 18 February 2011

It's been a busy week.

Well, it’s been a busy week. Monday evening was a planning meeting with Logistics Manager, aka brother-in-law Alan Breckell plus sister Pat and an excellent bottle of red – despite which (the bottle, not Pat) we got a lot of ideas sorted out.  The photo is of the only time our Logistics Manager ever got on a bike - on the car park in Tomintoul on Land's End - John O'Groats - perhaps the proximity of the distillery offers an explanation...

On Tuesday Val and I were looking at second-hand motorhomes, then in the evening I went to Clitheroe & District Motor Club (www.cdmconline.com/) whose members kindly raised £140 for Cancer Research UK.

Wednesday evening was Clitheroe Bike Club: Nick Dinsdale from NJD Sports Injuries (www.njdsportsinjuries.co.uk) informed us about all the things that go wrong with our feet, legs, pelvises and backs. I volunteered for an ‘MOT’ and wished I hadn’t! Bit like knowing you’re about to start the Paris-Dakar and the car’s about to fall to bits!

Meanwhile the Lancashire Telegraph published a piece on the ride, as a result of which an old friend contacted me with the possibility (nothing more than that at this stage) that a motorhome might be found on a loan basis – fingers crossed.

Thursday I finally got out on the bike, posting a time over Waddington Fell which was good for me and hopeless compared to all the other CBC times - :-( In the evening Frank Brown and I went to the annual dinner of the Rannock Sheep Breeders’ Society and a more jovial bunch of farmers and auctioneers you couldn’t wish to meet. Frank Wrathall, from Gisburn, entertained.

Today started well with another possibility – again, no more than that – of some fuel sponsorship, which would be a real boon. Fingers crossed again. If all the sponsorship deals come together the motorhome will look pretty good with supporters’ logos!

And lots more besides. This is getting to be a full time job.


  1. My memory is a little hazy but I'm sure I saw more than one bottle of red wine on the table. Then again perhaps my vision was a little impaired.

  2. I think your memory must be more than a little hazy, if you can't even remember that you are the Logistics Manager...