Bulldog Bill’s back in the saddle

Bill Honeywell during a previous biking charity challenge
Bill Honeywell during a previous biking charity challenge

two-time cancer survivor and unstoppable fund-raiser Bill Honeywell is at it again, and his latest challenge is the biggest yet!

The 58-year-old Clitheroe estate agent is about to embark on a 4,300-mile bike ride around the coast of Britain to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Bill has previously raised money for the Christie Hospital and Rosemere Cancer Foundation by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and by climbing all 214 of Wainwright’s Lake District fells in only 55 days. This time he hopes to raise £20,000 for Cancer Research UK by cycling the entire coastline of Great Britain in just 10 weeks.

The challenge, which begins on May 10th, will see Bill cycle an average of 70 to 80 miles per day before arriving back in Clitheroe some time in July, after visiting the most northerly, southerly, easterly and westerly points on the British mainland and, as Bill says: “Just about everywhere else in between!”

Accommodation will be provided by a motorhome driven by various family and friends, including Bill’s wife Val, and almost every caravan site on the route has offered a night’s pitch free of charge to help support the challenge.

Bill said: “After my own experience of cancer, taking on a challenge like this is my way of giving something back and saying thank you.

“Since I took up cycling it’s been an ambition of mine to tour the entire British coastline. It seems a perfect way to do something for charity and I’m hoping we can raise £20,000 for Cancer Research UK.”

Bill has also received support from record-beating Round-the-World cyclist Mark Beaumont who said: “Great Britain has a famously twisty, hilly coastline, so attempting to cycle around it is a serious undertaking! Best wishes to Bill for the challenge and his fantastic fund-raising efforts.”

Sarah McPhee, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Bill has decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK. We would like to thank Bill and his team for all their support and wish them all the very best with the challenge.”

Sarah added: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”

To support Bill’s epic challenge visit www.justgiving.com/Bill-Honeywell or contact Bill at his office at 1 Castlegate Clitheroe (01200 426041). Bill will also be updating his own online diary (www.billhoneywell.blogspot.com) with details of progress and no doubt a few anecdotes along the way!