I'm a double cancer survivor, cyclist and walker who does various challenges for different charities, mainly cancer-related.

My latest trip was a three-week tour of Tasmania in February 2015; 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 the 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) and cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014).

Altogether I've raised over £70,000 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 14 June 2015 - 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, 30 April 2012

Bute, Cumbrae, Arran

I'm sitting here in the home of John Roberts, our host for tonight, feeling that I'm being rude by writing a piece for the blog - because it's difficult to interrupt the conversation! You can't beat home hosting for getting to know people.

So briefly, we left Bute this morning in gales so fierce we weren't sure if the ferry would sail; almost flew to Largs with a tail wind, had a coffee in the famous Nardini's, then met Tommy & Euian for the trip over to Cumbrae, where we did one lap of the very pretty island, without realising we should have stopped to see the smallest cathedral in Scotland at Milport.

Back to the mainland with the gale increasing if anything, then down to Ardrossan for the ferry to Arran where we now are, ready for a day's tour tomorrow, hopefully in warmer weather!

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