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, 19 May 2011

First Stage Completed!

This is just a very brief post to say that I've arrived in Oban and am staying at the home of the very helpful John Lloyd. Today went well: I met a guy from Bristol doing Lands End - John O'Groats, and two more cyclists - Mark and Andy - going around the coast of Scotland, raising money for Mark's church in Dunoon.

The Van went home with Val and Alan (he going for a suit fitting for the wedding on Saturday) and arrived safely.

I'm going back on the 0811 train from Oban tomorrow morning.  I'll keep the tracker switched on!!

So no photos or any other detail tonight, but I'll catch up hopefully tomorrow with a bit more info on today (including me falling off the bike - ouch!) and a resume of the first ten days.



  1. Logistics Manager19 May 2011 at 19:09

    Dylan wants to know if great uncle Bill is unhurt?

  2. oooh - don't tell me you hit a pot hole !

  3. Hope there wasn't too much water involved this time Bill! x