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, 10 May 2012

In the land of the Hogwarts Express

...but set off we did, up a long hill past Glenfinnan Station on the Fort William to Mallaig line, used in the Harry Potter series. And it rained, then rained some more.

Suddenly I had a flat rear tyre. We pulled in to change the inner tube, finding the culprit in the process - a long sharp piece of glass. Humph! At least the repair was straightforward - for a couple of old hands!

Passing the Polnish Church we spotted the 'Nae cars doon the track' sign, which was good for a giggle. Apart from the fact that it was at the start of another long hill!

Realising that our ferry tomorrow doesn't leave until 1240, I decided we didn't need to go all the way to Mallaig tonight. So we called a halt at Arisaig with about 8 miles to go, had a brew at a nice café, found a B&B and got out of our wet clothes.

Tomorrow we'll take the tourist route past Camusdarach beach, location for 'Local Hero' one of the finest films ever made. Whether I'll have time to wander along the beach, or later, after dark, admire the Aurora Borealis, is another matter.

We will be visiting Rhum, however. Island no 15. I'm told there is a rock concert tomorrow - we may end up being roadies for the second time in a week!


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