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

Richard Dugdale Hits The Road

Literally. Yesterday was the Bay Dash Cycle Sportive organised by Lancaster Rotary in the South Lakes. Frost on the cars when we left Clitheroe and not much warmer when we (me, Richard Dugdale, Mick Bryan and Gordon Morley) set off from Halton Camp at 0830.  After 10 miles, just after Burton-in-Kendal, we were passing another small group of riders when Richard, unsighted at the back, hit a sunken manhole cover badly and crashed in spectacular style, hitting the road head first.  His safety helmet took the brunt of the impact – without it he would have been in a very bad way indeed – and he also had cuts and bruises (what bruises!) to arms and legs.A retired vet was following at the time: she stopped, checked him over, wrapped him up and waited until someone came out from the start to help. He was a retired GP: took one look at Richard’s head and took him to A&E at Lancaster where he received 18 stitches to the wound. We were going to go with him to A&E but the GP said finishing the remaining 50 miles of the ride would be quicker than waiting in A&E – good point!
So we left Richard in good hands and continued on what turned out to be a really good ride in great weather through some great S Lakes countryside. 63 miles in just over 4 hours riding time, and feeling strong up all the hills made a very nice change. Perhaps the training is paying off.
Richard got back from A&E in good time and rode four miles back along the route until he met us – I asked him how he was and he said “I feel like shit” – now why would that be, I wonder? I know there’s a bit of controversy about making helmets compulsory, but there’s no getting away from the fact that if you’re going to crash at over 25 mph it’s a good idea to be wearing one!


  1. Hope Richards OK, I agree with you helmets can save your life no matter what speed you are doing, I have come off my bicycle a few times and it would have been a different story if I wasn't wearing mine.
    Great post and well done on your ride.



  2. I spoke to Richard yesterday and he was sore but thinks he'll survive!