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Last orders in Crayford as man completes national pub cycling tour

PUBLISHED: 11:01 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:01 16 November 2015

Richard Reeves outside The Penny Farthing in Crayford

Richard Reeves outside The Penny Farthing in Crayford

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A 51-year-old man completed his national tour of the country's micropubs on Saturday

A north London man completed his national tour of the country’s micropubs in Crayford on saturday, all to raise money for Alzheimers UK.

Starting out as a new years resolution, Richard Reeves, 51, first started the national tour in January.

He aimed to combine his love of cycling with his passion for the growing phenomenon of micropubs.

On Saturday, Mr Reeves completed his tour by visiting his 100th micropub, travelling more than 2,000 miles and raising more than £5,500 for charity.

On his last day, Mr Reeves visited The Door Hinge in Welling, and then finished his tour at The Penny Farthing in Crayford.

Micropubs are growing in popularity across the country, as they offer cask ales, and attempt to avoid the use of elecronic equipment, in particular mobile phones.

Mr Reeves praised the sense of community among micropub users.

He said: “It’s almost a return to the old fashion pubs, I received donations from friends and family but had a lot of support from the micropubs I visited.

“One pub even raised money by creating a one-off beer for my ride, called Richard’s micropub bitter. All of the pubs stood out to me for different reasons, whether it was their fundraising methods or just the stories behind them.

“I think micropubs are a real success story, almost all micropubs are run by individuals, not faceless corporations.

“They put cask ale centre stage and understand the importance of an environment that encourages conversation.”

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