Grande Finale
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Regent's Park London
35 people turned out on a glorious sunny day in London to join in the last of the 2015 Billie Fleming Tribute Rides. 30 ladies cycled into Central London to meet at the entrance gate to Regent's Park which is where it all began a year ago. Billie's step son Peter Samwell and his wife Linda were there to greet everyone and join in the celebrations.
Anne Hunt, the inspirational organiser of the Tribute Rides, treated everyone to some bubbly and then, dressed in period costume and riding her genuine vintage Rudge-Whitworth bike, led out the the group of 30 ladies all resplendent in their Billie Cycle Jerseys for a 9 mile ride, covering 3 laps round the Park perimeter road. Frit and Liam from Think Again Productions were there too to capture the event for the film they are making about the Tribute rides.
In the closing ceremony Anne sincerely thanked everyone who had helped her to make the Tribute Rides such a success with a special mention to Pam and Greg for helping her with the administration, and an award to Gill Harker of a Billie Cycling Jersey for her epic 200 mile ride on a single day in July from York to London.
Those who took part were:
Clare Thompson	Alison Smith	Sue Dowling	Eva Bigalke
Michelle Bull	Sarah Smith	Rona Whitman 	Jacqui Godfrey
Terry Garret	Lesley Keddy	Jo Johnson	Fiona Timme	
Cris Aniszeosla	Rachel Fennel	Belinda Kirk	Kate Jenkins
Debra Collins	Veronica Chamberlain	Janet Flemming	Susan Marsh
Sue Tebbs	Elizabeth Burke	Omoraka Otemro	Christine Catteral
Althea Loderick	Anne		Geoff Nagle	Vicky Vasiliadis
Peter Samwell	Linda Samwell	Frit Sarita Tam	Liam Walters
Anne Hunt	Pam Hart	Greg Hart 

Here is Sue Dowling's report Well the day that I think more than a few of were more than a little sad to see had indeed arrived was it really only 365 days ago that this little cycle adventure had a begun? After opening my curtains to a perfect day for riding with a clear blue sky my day began with a Breeze Ride that I had arranged in from Blackheath. After greeting Eva my only rider, unfortunately some of the other participants were not able to make the ride due to illness we rode down through Greenwich Park and along the Thames. I never tire of riding along the Thames admiring the contrast of new and majestic historic buildings and structures. Considering the beauty of the day we could not help but note the lack of riders and walkers along a path which is usually pretty busy obviously people were resting in preparation of the New Years Eve festivities ahead. As soon as we reached London Bridge things changed and the hustle and bustle that we were expecting burst forth. We crossed at Southwark Bridge, I do get confused with my Bridges and I crossed too early and ended up going through a tunnel that I had planned to avoid but we made it safely along the embankment through Trafalgar Square and up through Regent Street past the sales bargain hunters and the under the famous Christmas decorations. Soon we were riding up to the cafe where we were greeted with cheers and smiles of those Tribute Riders who were all ready gathered there ready to ride the laps of honour. It was great to meet up with everyone at the end of the ride I was a little disappointed that I had to rush off on mission to a cycle repair shop so did not get the opportunity to really catch up with everyone but somehow I don't think our Billie story is over yet, we have come too far quite literally to not keep the memory alive. To each and everyone of you that I have met, ridden with or just communicated with in the virtual world of the internet its been a privilege and a pleasure. Kudos & Chapeau to each and everyone of you who has brought Anne's dream alive. 2 x Riders 32.5 miles ridden each
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Suffolk
Ann Williamson and Janet Hardiker rode 28 miles around beautiful lanes in Suffolk on the final Tribute to Billy ride.
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Sheffield
Today saw myself, and Rachel O'Leary out in Bradfield, Sheffield. We managed 13.6 ( me) and 13.3 (Rach) miles. We both set off from our individual houses, met up at Malin Bridge in Sheffield, then our route took us out through Loxley, to Dam Flask, climbed up in to High Bradfield, up on to Bradfield Moor, down to Adgen Reservoir, in to Low Bradfield, and finally back to Dam Flask, and Loxley. Before each cycling home locally. A windy ride meant pedalling and pushing a high gear even on the down hills. A blustry day, with sunny spells. Hope you all had a fabulous ride and meet up. Happy new year. Janine Morrall
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Bury St Edmunds, Norfolk
Myself and Martha (And Daddy in case of punctures! ) set off on a beautiful sunny morning from Bury St Edmunds. We did just over 20 miles around the villages. Great to be involved as always! Amelia Richardson
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Leigh, Greater Manchester
We met at 10 all looking forward to the ride as we'd had to cancel last weeks ride due to local flooding. Jean realised that she had forgotten her helmet so Lynne kindly returned home to collect one to lend to her. We set off with myself leading but not 100% sure of the route as it's Margaret's ride and she was unable to ride. We did take a slight diversion, however after asking for directions we got back on the right route with a bit of help from the trusty garmin. We got to 3 sisters which is a lovely recreation area and went through the woods to our destination, the Harrow Inn, where we met up with Margaret Green ( my Breeze buddy and usual member of the team ) We had something to eat, a good chat and plenty laughs. We then left to return back to Pennington via the canal path. We managed to get back to our cars just as the weather turned really nasty, lucky for us! 18 miles in total. It was a great way to finish the year and we're really happy to have been involved in the trbute to Billie rides.I know that Billie was a great advocate of the health benefits of cycling. I think that the physical and mental sense of well being is priceless! There's no greater feeling than being out with a group of people who want to enjoy themselves ( whatever the weather!!) and the friends I have made through cycling make it an absolute pleasure! Here's to many more two wheeled adventures in 2016! Warm regards Joy Lumis
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Wilmslow, Cheshire
I went out in the morning and did 35 miles. It was the last day of Tribute to Billie, so I had to get out on the road no matter what the weather was. My husband came out with me. Luckily it was sunny in the morning, relatively warm, although windy. The last few weeks have seen lots and lots of rain and flooding. We only had one flood to ride through, but we had a lot of large puddles to avoid.The route was Tatton Park, Knutsford, Twemlow, then back to Wilmslow through Goostrey and Marthall. Very nice, quiet country roads. It was great to see lots of people on their bikes, but sadly we saw only 2 lady cyclists. Janet Davison
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Warwickshire
10 ladies from the Warwickshire Ladies Cycling Club led by Helena Bowman rode 23 miles around Brinklow Warwickshire for their final tribute ride.
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Baildon, Yorkshire
9 ladies from the Otley Cycle Club led by Christine were out for their final 34 mile Tribute Ride around baildon on Yorkshire. 1 can think of no better way to see out the year! Homemade cafe stop on 34 lumpy mile ride! The Billie tribute has been a highlight of 2015- been a pleasure & privilege to be part of it. Christine Bell
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Ayelsbury, Buckinghamshire
Great post work blast to celebrate last day of tribute to Billie and on our wedding anniversary! Nicki Tip
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Otley Yorkshire
Smiles and sunshine on our last Yorkshire Tribute to Billie ride. We conquered the Chevin Hill at Otley and then went home and made teaa and cakes for the other OCC ride!Little Miss Vintage and friend
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Isle of Wight
Hillary Searle rode 27 miles to Brighstone on the Isle of Whight for her last Tribute ride
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Wollaston, Northamptonshire
Thank you Anne Hunt for coming up with this wonderful idea to recognise such an inspirational lady. I managed to get out this windy morning and clocked up just over 30 miles. Happy New Year to all that participated Jen Harker
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Winchester, Hampshire
We set off at 9.00am, there was a brisk cold wind, but for most of the ride it was dry with the occasional shower. There were some lovely rainbows, and we managed to catch a picture of Lisa and me with a rainbow in the background. We had to keep to more major roads, as all the country lanes were very wet and mucky. We headed out towards Wickham, over to Clanfield, and up Winchester Hill, where we discovered that our favourite coffee stop was closed, which was a bit of a blow. It was very gusty on the ridge at the top of Winchester Hill, and we were getting blown across the road. We then had to battle our way into a headwind for most of the ride back home, and were totally shattered at the end. We did maintain an average speed of 15.8 for the 51.5 mile ride, so it wasn't too slow. Katherine Jones and Lisa Mortimore
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Northumberland
It's been a pleasure and a honour to have been part of 'Tribute to Billie' and I, for one, will not forget the determination and dedication shown by so many people, to ride so many miles, throughout the year. Personally, my most memorable ride has to be Alnwick-Coldstream-Alnwick way back in late July. Having completed a very short ride today, wearing the wonderful 'Tribute to Billie' Jersey, I can still only marvel at Billie's achievement in 1938
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Northamptonshire
Caroline Mackenzie, Julie Long, Sally Stephens and Linda Lytollis rode a circular 27km from The Crown at Weston (South Northants) through the villages of Culworth, West Farndon, Canon's Ashby and Moreton Pinkney (we took our photo there at midday – same time as you set off from Regents Park) and back to the pub for a celebratory lunch. The weather was beautiful – blue skies and sunshine and Linda enjoyed her first Billie ride out on her new bike "Dolly" (Specialized Dolce). We are all sad that the Billie year has come to an end but it has been a great reason to get out and cycle in a group ...3 of us have since invested in new road bikes this year too!
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Yorkshire East Riding
Managed a 22 mile ride out today, as part of my tribute to Billie. It was a short Breeze ride on a flat route around Driffield. I wore my lovely top and hope the ride, albeit short, can be added to your mileage for the year. I am afraid it's not on Strava, however the ride was part of Driffield Four Seasons Breeze ride. Thanking you for everything you have done towards your tremendous achievement this year and wishing you both all the best for 2016. Julie Turner
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