Rotherham’s Beat the Street challenge has come to an incredible conclusion after the game came to an end at 7pm on Wednesday, 26th May.
A total of 15,192 people signed up and walked, cycled and ran 124,075.5 miles during the free, interactive challenge that encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by turning the area into a six-week game.
Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes were placed on lampposts and players took part in their family groups or support bubbles and are encouraged to walk, cycle, run, wheel or scoot as far as possible within the local area, with prizes for the teams that clock up the highest number of miles.
The winners are:
1. Bramley Sunnyside Junior School
2. Badsley Primary School
3. Wickersley Northfield Primary School
4. Bramsley Sunnyside Infants School
5. St Anne’s Junior and Infant School
1 . Brinsworth Howarth Primary School
2. St Ann’s Junior and Infant School
3. Bramley Sunnyside Junior School
4. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Herringthorpe)
5. Badsley Primary School
Community and workplace teams – total points:
1. Rawmarsh Runners
2. Jolly Foghorns
3. Pivotal Health and Wellbeing CC
Community and workplace teams – average points:
1. Jolly Foghorns
2. Rawmarsh Runners
3. Masborough Choir Group
Small teams – total points:
1. Rotherham Hospice
School: Runners up:
Ravensworth Primary, Brinsworth Manor Junior School, Listerdale Junior Academy
Nichola Spink, teacher at St Ann’s Primary School, said: “The children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part. Every morning and every evening parents stopped to tell me about their walks.”
Headteacher Kirsty Ridley of Eastwood Village Primary School, said: “This has been such a positive initiative for our school. They have really engaged with Beat the Street and sustained this throughout the length of the programme. It makes me smile to see their faces every time they hear the points!”
Rotherham Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health Cllr David Roche said: “A huge congratulations to everyone who has taken part in Beat the Street Rotherham. Whether your team topped a leaderboard, or you simply walked more, you are a winner.
“We have had a great time playing the game and seeing people walking, cycling, scooting, wheeling and running between the Beat Boxes. We’ll be sorry to see them go, but we hope that everyone who got involved will keep up the great work and continue to walk or cycle to work and school and to consider ditching the car wherever possible.”
The Beat the Street game was delivered by Intelligent Health and funded by and Rotherham Council’s grant funding allocation from DfT’s Sustainable Transport Access Fund and the National Lottery on behalf of Sport England.