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.

Friday 4 May 2012

Jura (2)

After coffee and coconut slice we headed back in sunny, but cold and windy, conditions. There are very few houses on Jura - it's mainly open moorland for mile after mile. There's a particularly attractive old bridge which has been 'by-passed', although it looked so good we made a detour to cross it.

Back at the Feolin ferry I got a phone call from the Oban Times - I seem to keep getting enquiries from the press, which hopefully will help donations to the cancer charities.

The tide was running so fast that it took the ferry a couple of goes to berth, and even then the first car off nearly fell off the side! Despite this, we got back to Islay safely and are now on the Port Askaig - Kennacraig ferry, hoping to be back at Suse & John's house by around 8.15 this evening.

In case you were wondering, until recently there was no direct ferry from Jura to the mainland - you have to go via Islay. There is now a limited service from Craighouse to Tayvallich but it's expensive and doesn't fit our route anyway.

Tomorrow we need an early start for the long ride up to Oban, taking in three islands on the way - Seil, Luing and Eaadale - before staying with Dave Bleasdale at North Connel. I'll try to update you then.

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