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Bill’s epic 542in2016 challenge for Cancer Research UK nears the end

Bill at the summit of Fairfield
Bill at the summit of Fairfield

[B]ill Honeywell’s epic 542in2016 Challenge for Cancer Research UK has now reached the final stage. Having set himself the target of climbing all 542 ‘Birketts’ and ‘Wainwrights’ – basically every significant summit in the Lake District over 1,000’ –  in one year.

Bill, 64, has reached the top of 499 fells and has ‘only’ 43 to go. So far that’s 690 miles walking and over 200,000 ft of ascent! He’s also close to receiving total pledges, many at 10p per summit, of £30,000 for vital cancer research.

Striding Edge
Striding Edge

A double cancer ‘thriver’, as he likes to put it, Bill has endured indifferent weather since the start of June, including a monsoon on Scafell Pike, and needed to take two weeks off while a nasty boil right on his waist/rucksack line healed.

Some of the ground is now so boggy, he’s taken to walking in wellies, which he declares to be far better than boots in the saturated conditions! This last week has been much better, weather-wise – at last.

Wastwater
Wastwater

Bill said: “This has been my toughest challenge so far.

“The weather’s been pretty bad since early June and it’s taken a real mental effort to get out on to the fells sometimes.

“This week has been much better though, and all the effort will have been worth if I get even more generous donations for Cancer Research.”

Bill’s website at www.542in2016.org.uk is constantly updated with progress of the walks and some enjoyable photography, and includes links for pledges and donations.

Bill will also welcome supporters on the last six or seven days’ walks and details of these are also on the website.

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