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, 24 April 2011

Thanks to Sean McGinty

Well I made it on to Sean McGinty's Sunday morning programme on BBC Radio Lancashire this morning.  I had to get up early too - to be in Blackburn for 8 o'clock, and appeared with Andy Mitchell who's the Head of News at Radio Wave in Blackpool.

Great fun - grab a coffee, look through the papers, chat about your 'CV' and then into the studio with headphones and mikes and all the radio palaver.  We talked about the bike ride, Cancer Research UK and so on, and also commented on news stories such as the Royal Wedding, Disability Benefit, Binge Drinking, Super-Injunctions and so on.  What a great job - I wouldn't mind doing that for a while.  Other opinions are available of course.  I did accidentally talk across the mike when I shouldn't have done once, but hopefully I got away with it and didn't lose the show too many listeners.

Thanks to Sean for inviting me on, hopefully getting a bit more publicity for Cancer Research.  Now I'm back home the weather's looking good, so time for a quick sandwich then off cycling this afternoon.

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