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.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Oh The Joy of a Following Wind!

Our first 8 miles this morning were with a 20 mph tailwind - we flew along, stopping only to look at a stunning Black-throated Diver on a small lochan.

Our first new island was Baleshare, off the W coast of N Uist, reached, like many islands today, by a causeway. There are a few houses and farms there; on our return the wind was in our face and a sharp shower made us feel we were being pebbledashed!

Every time we go under some power lines the wind howls - it's very atmospheric!

In between N Uist and Benbecula is a small island called Grimsay, which was next, and off this is another smaller island which seems to have different names on different maps. Baile Glas will do, I guess. It was a one-way cycle there and back, after which we crossed a longer causeway to Benbecula.

The roads are very flat - no hills at all to speak of. We turned left to another tiny island called Floddaigh, where a surprise was waiting at the far end of the island...

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