Swindon has racked up 319, 874.5 miles as part of its Beat the Street campaign!

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Swindon has racked up 319, 874.5 miles as part of its Beat the Street campaign!

Swindon has racked up 319, 874.5 miles as part of its Beat the Street campaign! 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

Swindon has once again completed the Beat the Street challenge!

The town’s third Beat the Street game finished at 7pm on 27th October and saw almost 30,000 people walking, cycling and rolling for points and prizes during the six-week challenge. Together, the town clocked up an active travel mileage of 319,874.5 miles.

The miles have been tallied, the points calculated and the winners have been announced, and this year, players have exceeded the town’s record mileage of 313,000 miles set in 2018.

Haydonleigh Primary School topped the total points leaderboard and Futile Footsteps came top of the average points leaderboard.

Among the two chosen charities,  Jessie May Children’s Hospice came first and will collect £350 and the Harbour Project came second and will win £150.

Debbie Yockney from Haydonleigh Primary School, who topped the schools total leaderboard for the north west part of the town, said: “Haydonleigh children, parents and staff and our ‘Black cat’ mascot have once again been totally hooked on Beat the Street and enjoying collecting points whether it is joining in with an evening group walk, on their way to and from school or out walking the dog.”

Cailey Whitcher, Secretary of the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group said: “Quite a few of us took part in Beat the Street in 2018 so it was an obvious decision to set up a team this time around.

“We are always keen to encourage our members to stay active and many take part in our regular activities which include football, tennis, swimming and cricket. Therefore, schemes such as Beat the Street are a great way to get and remain active, even while going about normal daily activities like walking the dog or going to school. It’s great fun too, and very inclusive so everyone can be involved.

“We love the fact that players in Swindon can choose to be part of our team, we’d like to thank everyone who joined the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group team for their support in helping to raise further awareness of the amazing things that our members continue to achieve.

Beat the Street is brought to you by Swindon Borough Council working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and Swindon Healthy Schools. It is delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “It has once again been a great experience to see Beat the Street taking place across Swindon and we’d like to thank everyone who took part.

“We’ve heard from people who have got fitter, spent more quality time together as a family and have really got to know the local area by foot. We’ve heard lovely anecdotes about people who’ve visited every Beat Box, stories about conversations being struck up and people trying out new activities and getting into healthy habits.

“Congratulations to each and every player who got involved with Beat the Street and took the time to come and visit the Beat Boxes. We hope that people will continue to walk or cycle to get around our town and will continue to enjoy being active.”

To stay involved with Beat the Street news, sign up to the newsletter at www.beatthestreet.me/swindon.

For more information on the small lifestyle changes that individuals and organisations can make to reduce their carbon footprint, click onto www.swindon.gov.uk/bethechange

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