HE braved extreme weathers and met some fantastic people, but two-wheeled fund-raiser Bill Honeywell is back safe and well having completed his epic bike ride for charity.
The 58-year-old Clitheroe estate agent, who has survived cancer twice, returned yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. to a large crowd of family, friends and well-wishers who had gathered at the Castle Gates, Clitheroe – most of whom had been following his impressive journey though his online diary or “blog”.
On his return he said he felt overwhelmed with the support so far and was had enjoyed every minute of bike ride, though was ready for a good rest!
Bill set out from Clitheroe on May 10th with a group of pals to cycle the entire 4,300-mile coastline of Britain and to raise a staggering £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.
During this time he has survived being blown off his bike during gales in Scotland, a falling tree, which crashed onto the support vehicle during an enforced detour near Fort William and has lived to tell the tale after a motorist ran into the back of him at Dymchurch!
In total he has climbed over 200,000ft (the equivalent of nearly seven Everests) and has been dubbed the “Rain Man” due to the apparent effect he has had on the local climate throughout the journey – of the 67 days so far, he has encountered rain during the vast majority of these.
Bill has so far raised £12,000 for Cancer Research UK, but has pledged not to shave his beard until he hits the £20,000 target.
If anyone wishes to sponsor Bill they can do so by logging onto www.justgiving.com/Bill-Honeywell) or leave a donation at his offices at 1 Castlegate, Clitheroe; 79 King Street, Whalley; 13 Queen Street, Great Harwood; or The Fountains, Gisburn Road, Barrowford.
• Click on the video to see Bill’s arrival.