North Lanarkshire’s Beat the Street players urged to Go Wild in parks and green spaces

Beat the Street is back this week and organisers are encouraging participants to Go Wild .

Taking place across Motherwell, Wishaw, Shotts and Bellshill, the themed week starts on Wednesday (October 6) and is encouraging residents to explore their local parks, waterways and green spaces.

Beat the Street is brought to you by North Lanarkshire Council (NLC), Smarter Choices, Smarter Places, and Paths for All. And is delivered by Intelligent Health.

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Already, more than 12,000 people have signed up and in total they have travelled nearly 49,000 miles, and helped a very worthy cause in the process.

On reaching 40,000 players triggered a first charity donation of £100 to St Andrew’s Hospice.

The next milestone is 52,000 miles where players could earn another £100 for St Andrew’s Hospice.

There are leaderboards for school, community, workplace teams and individuals and also an average points leaderboard so that teams of all sizes are in with a chance of winning a prize.

Dr Antje Bothin, playing in the Happy Volunteers team who are currently second on the average points leaderboard, said: “The game is great. It provides motivation to go outside more often to enjoy nature while walking or cycling. It is fun to play.”

The top school teams on the total and average points leaderboards will win £300 in book or sports vouchers.

Councillor Jim Logue, leader of NLC, said: “We’re delighted to support the Beat the Street programme and it’s great to see people out exercising and exploring new areas.

“It’s amazing how we tend to stick to the same tried and tested routes and how the game has opened up the idea of exploring the town on foot, which reveals new areas and parks you might not have known about, even if you’ve lived here for years.

“Beat the Street is a positive and community-focused way of encouraging people to get more active, by walking, cycling, rolling and wheeling around this beautiful area, plus it’s more important than ever to get as fit and healthy as possible while we fight the threat of Covid-19”.

Anyone of any age is invited to take part in the free game and you can still get involved for the remaining weeks. Just pick up a card from one of the distribution points listed online, register your card, join a team and get playing!

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Daily Record – Motherwell