Residents in Sudbury and Great Cornard have travelled over 150 times the length of Hadrian’s Wall in the first few days of community-wide competition, Beat the Street. More than 3,000 people in Sudbury and Great Cornard have run, walked and cycled 9,700 miles in just five days for Beat the Street – a free competition that challenges (…)people to run, walk and cycle as far as possible.
Running from 21 September to 2 November, Beat the Street is transforming Sudbury and Great Cornard into a giant playground. On lampposts across the area are special ‘Beat Boxes’. Players are encouraged to pick up a Beat the Street card at their nearest GP surgery, leisure centre or library and tap the Beat Boxes as they walk, run or cycle through Sudbury and Great Cornard – collecting points for how far they travel.
Adult players must collect and register a Beat the Street card and join a team before tapping at least two of these Beat Boxes in an hour to score points. Schoolchildren have received special fobs which have already been registered to their school.
The three teams that travel the furthest overall and per person will win big prizes. Currently in the lead for total miles travelled are Wells Hall Primary School. The team is in with a chance to win £500 worth of sports equipment supplied by Decathlon – but it is still all to play for.
Beat the Street Sudbury and Great Cornard is an initiative run by Intelligent Health in partnership with Suffolk County Council. Taking place during Suffolk’s Year of Walking, Beat the Street is designed to inspire whole communities to get moving. Tens of thousands of people have already taken part in Beat the Street in other towns and cities across the UK including Lowestoft last year.
Cllr Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council said: “Beat the Street has begun in Sudbury and Great Cornard with a flying start. We are delighted to see so many people walking, running and cycling for the competition. There is still time to get involved – pick up a card from your GP surgery, leisure centre or library and start tapping!”
Want to get involved in Beat the Street? Visit beatthestreet.me/sgc