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.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Drivers' Briefing

On Saturday evening we had a get-together for everyone taking part, so that they could familiarise themselves with the motorhome and in some cases meet colleagues for the first time.  It seemed to go well - there were no fights and the lasagne went down well, lubricated by an odd beer or two.  Now I'm busy trying to make a few notes to summarise everything, but my brain's not functioning very well!

Yesterday I had a visit from former next-door neighbour Alison and a special young lady called Kayleigh. Alison had told her of my previous rides and so I was faced with the question of 'How did you manage to fall in the Canal?' Not too easy to answer that one unless you just own up to incompetence!

Finally, thanks to Neil Molyneux of FCS Telephone Systems, Stonyhurst. I asked Neil about the best system for 3G Wi-Fi access, and he is lending me his 3-Dongle for the duration of the ride - all we need is a good signal around the coast!

1 comment:

  1. The best of luck for your challenge and reaching your target as soon as possible, you are an inspiration to us all. I will ask you if it was a good idea in 10 weeks time.