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, 24 May 2012

Not the Tour of Mull Rally

Tuesday was to be a long day, basically doing four of the best rally stages, visiting the island of Ulva and then cycling along the Ross of Mull to stay the night with Tony & Jean Wagstaff. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, try Googling 'Mull Rally' or have a look on YouTube. I was a competitor for many years and the picture is a memorial to the founder of the event, the delightful Brian Molyneux, sadly missed.

We set a time of 44m 37s on Mishnish Lochs, between Tobermory and Dervaig, which shouldn't worry any of the drivers. Then on to 'The Long One' around Calgary Bay, from where, despite our many changes of direction, the wind seemed to be in our faces all day!

Every now and again we would stop so that I could show Richard another place where I had once crashed, which slowed progress considerably! We met three cycling ladies from Northern Ireland, stopped at the spectacular Eas Fors waterfall, and eventually reached the Ulva Ferry - summoned by sliding a board on the wall to reveal the red background. Very high-tec!

1 comment:

  1. Remember the non-tech sign to,Ulva, ;)