The winners of the recent Beat the Street Eastbourne game have officially been presented with their prizes for topping the total and average points leaderboards in a range of socially distanced presentations.

The physical activity game took place over seven weeks from September to November and more than 8,900 people took part, together walking, cycling, running, scooting and wheeling 116,639 miles.

The Eastbourne Access Group topped the charity leaderboard and were presented with their prize of £500 this week by Beat the Street Eastbourne engagement coordinator Tilly Howarth. The funds will go towards putting together the Eastbourne Guide for disabled people.

Ian Westgate from the Eastbourne Access Group said: “Beat the Street is an excellent event to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get out and exercise. We were delighted to be nominated as the charity group for the event by Jack Brownell at the Eastbourne Visitors’ Centre.”

Tilly added: “The Beat the Street game really showed the best of Eastbourne and brought together the whole community. Partners and stakeholders from groups and organisations around the town came together to encourage people to get active and to encourage residents to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.

“While it was a shame that we couldn’t hold our usual Beat the Street community presentation event owing to the pandemic, it was a real pleasure to meet some of the participants and to hear their experiences in bespoke presentations.”

Lin and Dave Powell got in touch with Beat the Street organisers to share their experience of the game.

Dave said: “We’d get the map out, choose a different part of the town each day and get walking. Even though we know Eastbourne quite well, there are some parts that you would never see unless you were doing a job up there. I never knew there was so much green space around the north of the town and now have got to know all the paths and cut throughs!”

Lin added: “It was good to get out together and to walk without distraction and to chat without one eye on the TV. It was a good thing for the town and we enjoyed it. We’re going to keep walking!”

Beat the Street is delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by the National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex County Council Public Health, South Downs National Park and eDEAL.