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, 11 March 2012

World Famous in Stornoway...?

I can now reveal to the rest of the world that last Thursday we headlined in the Stornoway Gazette - with the brilliant (if a little corny) headline of 'Bill and Richard's Excellent Adventure'.

Jenny Kane of the Stornoway Gazette kindly gave us some great publicity for the forthcoming ride, and I think I'll adopt that headline as the official name for our Western Isles tour!

Here's Jenny's article:

Bill and Richard’s excellent adventure
Cycle tour around 42 Scottish islands
Touring as many islands in the Western Isles as he can in one month, Bill Honeywell will be cycling on a road near you this summer, all in aid of Cancer Research UK, writes Jenny Kane. And it seems every time the Gazette catches up with him a new destination has been added to the list which now stands at 42 West Coast islands, including most of the Outer Hebrides. By mid May Bill will be arriving in Tarbert, Harris, after having hopefully already covered more than 20 islands. From there he will go on to tour Lewis, Scaplay, Berneray, North Uist, Baleshare, Grimsay, Benbecula, Flodaigh, Griomasaigh, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra
and Vatersay.  Accompanying Bill on his mammoth mission is his good friend and fellow cycling enthusiast Richard Dugdale.

Fifty-nine year old Lancashire man Bill is no stranger to big challenges. It all started in 2009 when he completed a fund-raising walk in the Lake District.  Bill explained: “A good friend of mine died of cancer, she was a big fan of walking the Wainwrights in the Lake District. I walked all 214 in two months in memory of Margaret.”  In 2011 Bill then cycled 4,440 miles around the coast of Great Britain, raising £30,000 for Cancer Research UK.  Raising money for charity is something Bill talks very passionately about: “When I started doing sponsored trips the national charity Cancer Research UK was top of my list to support.  “I have had cancer twice and am still here. I’ve had friends affected by cancer and who have died of cancer. I think it’s important to help these charities.”

For this latest venture in the Western Isles it will be just Bill, Richard and two bikes - carrying everything they need, island hopping and chasing after ferries. “We can’t afford to drop behind schedule, and we can’t afford to miss any ferries,” explained Bill.  “We’ve really got to make sure we keep going. It will all depend on the weather. A cyclist's biggest challenge is the wind. It will be that and not the mileage that’s the challenge. I’ve heard you’ve got a lot of wind up there.”  Fingers crossed for good weather then this coming May, something that would be a novelty for Bill who had to rescue his motor home from a fallen tree on his last challenge on the way to the Corran Ferry. This time round, with no motor home, Bill and Richard will be staying with friends along the way.

But they are still looking for accommodation in the Outer Hebrides.  “If anyone’s got a spare room and want to meet a couple of mad cyclists we will be very grateful. Just one room will be fine. We’re both married men and one of us can sleep on the floor,” laughed Bill.  For every Hotel, B&B or home they stay in a donation will be made to Cancer Research UK.  So if you will have a free room in May on any of the islands they will be travelling through in the Outer Hebrides, get in contact with Bill on his Blog at www.billhoneywell.blogspot.com or contact the Stornoway Gazette by email on jenny.kane@stornowaygazette.co.uk.

You can also find out more information about Bill and Richard’s bike ride, and how to sponsor him, on his blog or you can follow his progress on Twitter @CancerBikeMan.


  1. Bill Of you haven't got anywhere in Harris yet - you're welcome at ours - If we've got paying guests, you'll be in our private lounge though.

    Richard Barrett from www.lochedge.co.uk
    also at AcrosstheMinch blog on Wordpress

  2. Bill,

    If you haven't got anywhere on harris, you're welcome here although you may be on a settee in our lounge if the guest bedrooms are full