PARTICIPANTS in Eastbourne’s Beat the Street challenge have already racked up more than 38,000 miles with more than 7,800 people signed up to take part.

The free physical activity game encourages players of all ages to get active and to ditch the car, and walk, scoot, wheel, cycle or run instead. 

There are total and average points leaderboards for schools, community teams and charities with vouchers for the teams that travel the furthest.

Currently, Langney Primary Academy of SWALE Academy Trust tops the total points leaderboard and Bellringers are at the top of the average points leaderboard. However, this week is ‘Go Travel’ week with bonus points on offer around commuting hours to encourage people to walk to work or school.

Not only that, but participants can gain an extra 100 points by completing the Beat the Street survey about your health and activity levels.

Taking place until Wednesday, 4th November, Beat the Street is transforming Eastbourne into a real-life game with players tapping special sensors called Beat Boxes dotted across the town.

Anyone can get involved, simply by picking up a free card from one of the distribution points listed on the www.beatthestreet.me/eastbourne website.

Beat the Street is being 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.

The Eastbourne Walking Festival came to a successful conclusion earlier this week with a revised format of self-guided walks to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

Antonia Lucas from the Eastbourne Walking Festival said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many more people of all ages exploring Eastbourne. Finding street art in the town centre, a magical garden at Langley Priory, a sea breeze walk at Whitbread Hollow and the beautiful panoramic views at Butts Brow high above Willingdon.”

Darrell Gale, director for Public Health, East Sussex County Council, added: “With colder weather on its way, we are encouraging people of all ages to take part in Beat the Street  making the most of the seven-week game while it’s here to help incorporate an hour of physical activity into their daily routines.

“The game takes place outdoors and is safe to play if you remember to follow social distancing guidelines and to follow the government’s ‘rule of six’. Please don’t touch the Beat Boxes and wash your hands and card when you return home.”

To find out more about the Beat the Street game, including where to collect a card, visit www.beatthestreet.me/eastbourne or on social media @BTSEastbourne