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.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Motorhomes 'R' Us

Today I decided that with time getting short and no sign of a motorhome to be begged, borrowed or stolen (well actually there are a few that could probably be stolen but a custodial sentence would interfere with my timetable) I made up my mind to go and look at some second-hand ones.
So Val and I went off to the Preston area and visited Todds, Campbells and Brownhills, to be met with a huge array of all types, sizes, prices and colours. Correction - virtually only one colour, white.  We need a 6-berth so that we're not too cramped with a full crew, and it must have an oven, some storage, and be reliable, so low mileage preferred.  The trick is going to be getting one at the right price so that when we sell it again in August we don't lose a fortune on it.
We've got a shortlist of three or four so later this week there may be some serious haggling to do.  No rush, we don't really need one until the end of March.
And if anyone reading this wants to lend us their 6-berth motorhome, or knows someone else who might - please let me know!


  1. Logistics Manager16 February 2011 at 10:44

    You could always keep it and do Paris - Santiago de Compostella. You know it makes sense!

  2. I think choosing a second hand RV is the way to go, especially if it is something that you don't want to lose money on. Who knows you may even end up falling in love with it and keeping it for a long time. If that's the case you may want to renovate your RV so that it can fit your personal taste and needs a little better. Good luck!

  3. Thanks for that Monty - you seem to have quite a motorhome business going over there in Arizona. You could always ship one over to the UK for us to use 'on approval' for the ten weeks of the bike ride!! Or you may have a colleague in the UK...