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.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Live Ribble Valley

This month's edition of Live Ribble Valley includes a full page article on the bike ride.  Well, most of the page is a photo - it's a glossy magazine, after all, sub-titled 'Lancashire's premier guide to luxury living' (so where do I fit in, you may well ask).  Good of them to publicise the ride though, and I'm very grateful for that.
I sent them a photo from last year's Christmas Cracker cyclosportive - it was a very cold day and the balaclava I was wearing makes my helmet look a bit like a pea on a drum.  All in all, not very flattering, or as Val said "It's a nice picture... of the bike."

Spring is here!  Today's ride was the first this year in cycling shorts - after the long winter I looked at my legs and wondered if I had become an albino.  But at least training is going reasonably well - 70 miles on Saturday through the Trough of Bowland then east to Settle and back in 5 hours dead;  Waddington Fell yesterday afternoon (a Category 1 climb on the Tour of Britain) and a pleasant sunny 26 miles around Bolton-by-Bowland today.  We have a weekend away in Knaresborough coming up - guess how I'll be getting there? (It's only 50 miles).

1 comment:

  1. I'm getting a little worried that I'll hold you up on the top bit round Scotland..... Hopefully the Cheshire Cat this Sunday will help me along with my training.