Wells Hall on top at contest’s half way mark

St Gregory's Primary School in Sudbury taking part in Beat The Street ANL-161210-145620001

St Gregory's Primary School in Sudbury taking part in Beat The Street ANL-161210-145620001

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Thousands of people have walked, run and cycled 28,000 miles in Sudbury and Great Cornard in just three weeks as Beat the Street reaches its halfway point.

Running until November 2, residents are continuing to walk, cycle or run as far as possible in just six weeks.

The aim of the game is to inspire the whole community to take up the challenge, increase their physical activity levels and improve their health and wellbeing.

Beat the Street Sudbury and Great Cornard is an initiative run by Intelligent Health in partnership with Suffolk County Council.

It is taking place during Suffolk’s Year of Walking, and is designed to inspire whole communities to get moving.

The first three weeks of the competition has seen a range of walks and activities take place across Sudbury and Great Cornard.

On Tuesday a community walk was held at Pot Kiln Primary School in Great Cornard.

For the final half of the project, Beat the Street will continue to surprise players with chances to score bonus points and Beat Box Hullabaloo which will see Beat Boxes, which are spread out throughout Sudbury and Cornard, make random noises.

More than 30 teams are competing against each other to see who can travel the furthest and win prizes.

Currently, the team that has walked and cycled the furthest is Wells Hall Primary School, Great Cornard, which in total has travelled almost 5,000 miles, while the team with the highest average distance per player is New Life Church.

Both teams are in the running to win £500 worth of sports equipment supplied by Decathlon if they are still on top by the end of the game.

There have been a few instances of vandalism to Beat the Street boxes in the area but Tony Goldson, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council said: “We have been incredibly impressed by the response to Beat the Street over the past three weeks.

“It is amazing to see so many people getting behind the competition and become more active.

“With three weeks left to go, we’d encourage anyone who hasn’t taken part to get involved by picking up a card at their nearest GP surgery, leisure centre of library; go exploring and discover something new about Sudbury and Great Cornard.”

To get involved or to find out more visit beatthestreet.me/SGC or follow Beat the Street on Facebook or Twitter.