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, 21 May 2012

Brief Re-Encounter!

We decided to go to the MacDonald Arms for something to eat as I wanted to see the landlady, Susan, to let her know my parents are OK. No seats in the main bar, went into the back room and who should be there, with a team of ecologists/whale-watchers, but Rob, whose house we stayed in on Skye (and whose arrival late that evening might have turned into a diplomatic incident!)

Furthermore Theresa, one of the ecologists, comes from Clitheroe. So a good evening was had by all.

It was great to see Susan too, after she'd finished feeding the 5,000, and Neil. Then we met an interesting guy from Miami and Washington DC who seems to spend his life backpacking around the world and working as a consultant at the same time. I didn't catch his name though - so please fella - if you read this, send me an email with your details.

Enough for today. Around the rugged west coast tomorrow - if the weather keeps up it should be superb.


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