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 3 May 2012

Islay (2)

After a grey start this morning we soon arrived at the Islay ferry terminal around 8.30. Lots of HGV's on board and soon we were under way and the sun came out as we passed by Knapdale off the starboard bow.

After just under two hours we reached Port Askaig on Islay What a steep climb out of the port! And it was so warm, we were almost stripping off!

Every island has been different, with their own individual character. Islay is quite flat on the whole with lots of variety - agriculture, peat, moorland, sandy beaches, and most of all - distilleries - lots of them!

Tonight we're staying with friends so once again the blog will have to be brief - Gerry's just poured another whisky so I'll have to go! Will catch up later!

PS - don't worry about us having a bad time - we're just about managing to survive...!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds great. So pleased you have got better weather than last year, hope this message doesn't break the spell!