Beat The Street: Points get doubled this week

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A competition to get Hemel walking has hit the final straight - with double points for anyone taking part in the last five days.

Beat the Street is a free six-week real-life walking and cycling game where players can collect points for the number of miles they travel using a special card system. It’s open to everyone, with a share of the £10,000 prize pot for the team that travels the furthest.

It is aimed at encouraging communities to adopt more healthy life styles while raising money for charity, themselves and their teams.

And anyone logging their journeys in Hemel from now until the end of the competition on Wednesday (July 15) will get double points.

Additionally, there will be ‘Golden Beat Boxes’ around the town, which will be in a surprise location up until the end of the competition. If you find one you can add 50 points to your total and be in with the chance of winning a prize such as a family tour of the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio.

Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health, localism and libraries at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “It’s all about the final push to encourage people to walk, cycle and run. More than 38,000 players are taking part across the four towns and so far you’ve walked 374,000 miles. We want you all to keep tapping right up until the last day and to keep up the active lifestyles beyond that.”

> Who’s winning so far?

Currently the number of miles stands at approximately 374,000.

Top of the leaderboards are:

• Hemel Hempstead – Galley Hill Primary School (battling it out with St Albert the Great Primary School)

• Watford – Grove Academy

• Broxbourne – Sheredes Primary School

• Stevenage – St Martinswood (who have walked the equivalent of a journey around the world)

The winning team will win £500 for their school or organisation. If the target of 500,000 miles is reached, the following charities will receive £1,000:

• Hemel Hempstead - Rennie Grove Hospice

• Watford – New Hope

• Broxbourne – Teens Unite

• Stevenage - Stevenage Arts Guild and Stevenage and District Group Riding for Disabled (£500 each)

For ideas of how others have been enjoying and taking part in Beat the Street check out our social media pages or why not set yourself a challenge like one plucky walker. She has beaten her 100 mile target already, though be warned, she wore out her trainers and had to buy a new pair.

Find out more at www.herts.beatthestreet.me