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.

Wednesday 2 May 2012

The Island of Gigha (2)

Sorry about the strange way of posting the blog - gmail is sending the photo on its own without the text. Very frustrating!

It's pronounced 'Gee-ya' and it's a small island lying off the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula between the mainland and the islands of Islay and Jura.

We cycled about 15 miles from where we are staying, to Tayinloan, where the ferry leaves on its 20-minute journey to the island. The terminal looks like a bomb site as it is being completely re-developed; apparently because they need to have a ferry big enough for articulated lorries (which is odd because none of the roads on the island are big enough for them!) and the new ferry will be solar-powered. I kid you not! It will run all day on a three-ton lithium battery and be recharged at night. Can you spot the fatal flaw in this plan?...

It was so cold when we disembarked that I had to put all my waterproofs on. But by the time we had reached the northern tip of the island the sun was out and I managed to get warm. 

End of this chapter - stand by!

1 comment:

  1. Good luck Peaches - will be supporting you all the way, rember that cream, our weather can damage even the most perfect peach! Your my uber inspiration :) xx