Liverpool Residents Run, Walk And Cycle More Than 34,000 Miles For Beat The Street

COMMUNITIES in North and South Liverpool have travelled 34,527 miles in just six weeks for Beat the Street Over the past six weeks, thousands of residents in North and South Liverpool have been playing Beat the Street – a walking and cycling game that transforms towns and cities into a giant playground. Residents tap special cards against sensors placed on lampposts across their area – collecting points for each sensor they tap. Two schemes have been held in Liverpool – one in the North covering Anfield, Everton and Kirkdale; and one in South Liverpool for Speke- Garston, Cressington, Allerton and Hunts Cross. Players in both areas set up teams and competed against each other to see who could walk, run and cycle to win some amazing prizes. In North Liverpool, The Trinity Catholic Primary School came on top after travelling over 6,000 miles amongst schoolchildren, parents and teachers. Meanwhile in South Liverpool, Stockton Wood Primary School travelled the furthest with more than 4,500 miles clocked up. There will be prizes of up to £1,000 Decathlon vouchers given out to the teams that topped the leaderboards for total points and average points. The winning teams will be presented with their prizes at a special celebration event in September. Patricia Deus, Headteacher at The Trinity Catholic Primary School who topped the leaderboard in North Liverpool said: “Everyone at The Trinity Catholic Primary School has thoroughly enjoyed the Beat the Street experience. We have a fantastic community which has stepped up to the challenge with the shared goal of promoting a healthier lifestyle amongst our families. With all this support, the children cannot help but be winners!” Beat the Street has been resourced through a partnership between Liverpool City Council, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and strategic stakeholders with the aim of encouraging people to adopt a more active lifestyle and to continue being more active beyond the end of the competition. The game is part of Healthy Liverpool – a five-year programme to improve health locally. Assistant Mayor Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “It was amazing to see so many people across Liverpool take part in Beat the Street. We have been delighted by the response of the local community who managed to surpass our expectations on how far they can walk, run and cycle!” Dr Maurice Smith a GP at Mather Avenue surgery in Allerton and Healthy Liverpool’s ‘Living Well’ clinical lead said: “The phenomenal distances that the winning teams travelled shows how much the people of Liverpool have embraced Beat the Streets. Although the game is now over I hope to see players continue to stay active and improve their health.  We have recently launched the Fit for Me campaign which aims to get the city moving more, Beat the Streets has certainly helped start this movement with great success. “ Players who took part in the game are encouraged to keep hold of their cards as there might be opportunities to use them in the near future.