Keep moving at the double - points plus as Beat The Street enters its final week in Stevenage

A Beat the Street beatbox.

A Beat the Street beatbox. - Credit: Archant

As Stevenage’s town-wide public health promotion enters its final week, organisers of the ‘get out and get active’ competition are dangling a last-minute carrot to urge players to reach the target of 500,000 miles by offering double points.

Every Beat Box in the town - as well as three others in Herts which are taking part in the project - will be worth double points after the first tap until the end of the competition on Wednesday.

And there will also be ‘golden’ beat boxes around the four towns - the locations of these won’t be disclosed, but there may be some clues on Facebook or Twitter (@btsherts).

If you do manage to find one, you’ll 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.

The beat boxes are electronic registration points set up all over town, where those taking part in the competition can check in as they walk and cycle to boost their team total. Once you have checked in at the start and end of a journey, that distance is automatically registered to your total, and added to the overall figure.

As the promotion enters its final days organisers revealed that so far around 374,000 miles have been covered since the beginning of June.

The winning team will win £500 for their school or organisation and if the headline target of 500,000 miles is reached, nominated charities in each of the four towns receive £1,000:

In Stevenage, that money will be split between Stevenage Arts Guild and Stevenage and District Group Riding for Disabled.

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Councillor Teresa Heritage, Herts County Council’s lead member for public health, 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.”

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