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, 29 October 2014

Where next?...

Several readers of this blog have asked when my next cycle tour will be. Until this week I had no idea, although I was looking into the possibility of touring the Tuscany region and exploring historic towns like Pisa, Siena and Florence.  Or perhaps risking the weather and spending some time in Ireland.

Then, out of the blue, Richard Dugdale, who led the Yellowstone trip, contacted me to say that someone had had to drop out of his next 3-week tour in February 2015, and would I be interested?

Well, sometimes you wonder, when an opportunity presents itself like this, whether the hand of fate is playing a part, and on the basis that it's best not to argue, I've agreed to go.

I honestly don't know how Val puts up with my long absences. Or perhaps I'm so difficult to tolerate when I'm at home, she craves a decent break now and again. I daren't ask, in case she gives it too much thought!

Now my mind turns to whether I should try front panniers instead of rear, whether I can get lighter clothes and / or simply take less, and to swatting up on the birds, beasts and geography of another place that so far I've been nowhere near - Tasmania!

1 comment:

  1. How fabulous Bill. Can't wait to read your posts and see the photos. Should be an amazing experience.