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.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

I'm going soft...

I couldn't resist this on Mother's Day.  It was Mum who started me off on these sponsored challenges when in 2001, with my old pal Frank Brown, I decided to cycle from Liverpool to Leeds (along the towpath of the 127-mile canal) and then on to Goole on the Humber as a kind of 'coast-to-coast' ride.  She suggested we raise money for The Christie, one of the UK's largest cancer hospitals and research centres, which we did - I think we raised about £1,700.  Now she's making and selling lots of patchwork greetings cards and donating the proceeds to my latest Round Britain's Coast ride.  She's not the only one to be making this kind of effort - young Ella Spencer has promised to have another cake-stall, like the one that raised nearly £150 on my 214 Wainwrights Challenge.  So if you can think of a bright idea to make some money, why not have some fun and donate the proceeds at http://tinyurl.com/bill-cruk or http://www.justgiving.com/Bill-Honeywell ? I'm off to Mum & Dad's now - let's hope she's got some fresh scones ready!

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