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, 5 April 2011

It's Not Just Me...

Clitheroe's twinning with Rivesaltes, near Perpignan in France, came about in the 1970's not through some councillors' 'jolly' but the Waggon & Horses pub football team.  I don't know the full details but suffice to say it's been a successful liaison with regular trips back and forth to France and plenty of football matches.
The next visit from Clitheroe to Rivesaltesw is in a couple of weeks, but two hardy cyclists, Roger Hargreaves and Pete Parkes, set off today to cycle the 1000 miles or so.  The ride is in memory of Peter Carter and Catherine Hargreaves (Roger's wife) who both died recently, and proceeds are going to NW Air Ambulance and other worthy causes.
I went to Clitheroe Castle this morning to Roland Hailwood, Clitheroe's official Town Crier, see them set off in style.  They were accompanied by three supporters who are doing just the first day with them - there seemed to be some confusion about whether today's leg ends at Knutsford or Northwich - Roger said all he new was that it starts with an 'N'...!  As in nuts.
Good luck to them both!! This means that it is now just five weeks to the day before I set off, and there's lots to do yet!  Oh, sorry Roger - that's Roger on the right of the Town Crier with Pete on his immediate left.

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