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.

Monday, 9 May 2011

We Have A Winner!

After a nail-biting finale, the dinner for two plus a night's bed & breakfast at the award-winning Red Pump Inn has been won with a fantastic bid of £162.00 from John and Susan Meadows.

Martina Myerscough, proprietor of the Red Pump, will ensure that they have a great time with the very best food and service, and I am really grateful to her for providing this experience to boost funds for Cancer Research UK. I was hoping to thank both the Parkers Arms at Newton (who donated the last auction prize) and the Red Pump by doing a short, if hilly, cycling 'pub-crawl' but time has defeated me.  I WILL do it when I get back!!

For those of you who weren't successful, why not book yourself a meal or a stay at the Red Pump anyway? Set in beautiful countryside, as Martina says it's only three miles from Clitheroe and a million miles from hassle. Tell Martina I sent you and you never know, I might get a free 'half' on that pub crawl!

Well, the big bike ride starts tomorrow and I'm rushing around like a blue... tailed fly. If you would like to help by making a donation to Cancer Research UK, please go to http://tinyurl.com/cancerbikeman or http://www.justgiving.com/Bill-Honeywell.

Thanks once again to John, Susan and Martina for their generosity. Unless I'm hit by a sudden inspiration, or something goes seriously wrong, the next blog will hopefully be from Silverdale at the end of Day One.  Tweeters can expect a few more updates in the meantime!

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