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.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

What's the Opposite of a Grandstand Finish?

After last year's showbiz-style start and finish to the Round Britain Cycle, our Hebridean Odyssey is definitely starting on a low-key note. I've still got some last-minute jobs to do, but the current plan is that I'll leave home at about 1.30 today and cycle to Waddington, where Richard and I can meet up and then pedal to Preston Station via Longridge.

So if you've nothing else to do at lunchtime and want to make sure that we don't change our minds, why not come and see us off? We'll be somewhere near Tim's Cafe/Restaurant. Or perhaps 50 yards up the road at the Waddington Arms. Either way it'll be difficult to miss us!

Right, off now to throw a few more things out of the panniers to get the weight down. See you later.

1 comment:

  1. OMG you off already? I'm in, ahem, Yorkshire otherwise I'd certainly be there to “see you off". Next time, and whatever happens I know there will be a next time. Fingers crossed for better weather than 2011 and may all the trees remain upright! PTP