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.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

A Boost for Morale

Since 'discovering' Twitter it's been quite interesting to see who's started following my tweets - which admittedly don't have much to say at the moment, but once the ride starts then I hope I'll be able to keep people updated with progress.
Most of the interest comes from people who have an obvious interest in cycling, but there are also one or two young ladies out there who clearly have no idea how old I am!!
So it was a great morale-booster when Scotsman Mark Beaumont (pictured) got in touch this morning to add his support to the ride. In 2007/8 Mark smashed the record for cycling around the world in 194 days (the record's been broken again since), and last year cycled from Anchorage (Alaska) to Ushuaia at the tip of South America, climbing Mt MacKinlay and Aconcagua, the highest peaks in N & S America, on the way. His BBC programmes on the two rides were excellent.
Mark said "Great Britain has a famously twisty, hilly coastline so attempting to cycle around it is a serious undertaking! Best wishes for the challenge and your fantastic fundraising efforts Bill."  Thank you Mark!
Lots of good things come out of Scotland - a fellow Rotarian from Whitburn suggested I try to get the local primary schools involved - the children can follow progress around the country which should help their geography, whilst it won't harm for all the parents to be more aware of the ride and the fund-raising.  What a good idea - I just need to find some more time!

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