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.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


It was amazing how much the weather changed between Coll and Tiree. On board Caledonian McBrayne's 'Lord of the Isles' we met three Rotarians from Angus who were on their way to a sea-fishing break in the island. Being Rotarians ourselves we exchanged 'greetings' and chatted about our respective clubs. Rotary is NOT a secret society, by the way. With the motto of 'Service above Self' we like to do charitable work and enjoy ourselves at the same time.

As we left the boat the skies were grey and threatening, and the temperature had plummeted. We had a look around the main village of Scarisaig - where many of the houses are strangely decorated with wide, whitewashed pointing - before deciding to go to the Scarisaig Hotel for lunch. It wasn't overcrowded.

As we left the rain started and it felt even colder. We met a couple from Sheffield who were on the island for a week's holiday and had hired bikes for the day. It's May, but you'd swear it was January.

As we were due to spend the night at a local hostel, we needed to buy a few provisions from the village Co-op. Having done that, and with the weather deteriorating, we set off for the excellent Millhouse Hostel to settle down for the rest of the day, isolated from such things as telephone signal, wi-fi and ... warmth!

Let's hope better weather returns tomorrow.

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