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Reading Beat the Street Team Competition is Out of this World!

Reading Beat the Street Team Competition is Out of this World!

The first phase of Beat the Street, Reading 2014 has been completed with thirteen thousand people walking and cycling 178,925 miles in four weeks.

This has become the biggest and most successful active participation project in the country.

Fifty teams played the game including twenty-seven primary schools.

All Saints Infants and Junior Schools have topped the leader board with a whopping average of 707 per team member. Linda Phillips Head of All Saints Infants said "This is such fantastic news. It's a great initiative and has really got our children and adults walking and cycling around Reading. I am so pleased that one of the oldest and the youngest school in Reading have come together and won. It's really brought the schools and community together and I'd like to congratulate all the parents, staff and children who have worked so hard over the past month."

Second were Redlands with an average of 665 points followed by Reading University staff on 370, Micklands Primary on 357 and New Christchurch Primary with 323. All five receive a share of the £5,000 prize fund.

The top ten children who walked the furthest over the competition will receive LEGO Friends and LEGO Movie Box sets.

Dr Elizabeth Johnston, Chair of South Reading CCG, said: "We are delighted with the way that so many people across Reading have embraced the Beat the Street project. Pupils and staff from a huge range of schools along with small businesses and families have shown a real passion for the scheme. The competitive element has really caught the imagination and has got people walking as much as possible."

Dr Rod Smith, Chair of North and West Reading CCG, added: "The innovative scheme has been a great success and has encouraged people to put in place a daily activity habit that will hopefully last for life and give huge health benefits. With 13,000 people walking almost 180,000 miles, the Reading Beat the Street initiative has been the most successful in the UK to date. "However, just because the competition has ended, there's no excuse to stop exercising as any registered card can still be tapped at beat boxes in the town centre for more prizes. The scheme is now being extended to Pangbourne, Theale and Mortimer and will run from Thursday, 26th June, until Tuesday, 22nd July so we hope that residents there will help us complete the journey to the moon and improve their health in so doing."

Over 130 electronic beat boxes were placed throughout the town and local events were supported including the Reading Children's festival and Sports Challenge day.

Boxes will be removed on 5 June except for the 8 in the town centre that make up a trail which will remain until 22 July.

From 10 June – 29 June there will be also be real pieces of the moon and meteorites on display at Reading Museum.

Dr William Bird said:- Huge thanks to everyone who has taken part and I really hope people have enjoyed the game. It has been simply wonderful to see how the community has come together. I'd like to thank the NHS for funding a project to get people active and our partners for supporting including Reading Borough Council, the Reading Post, LEGO and all the businesses who provided prizes. Please hold onto your cards - we will be using these over the coming months to keep Reading moving and having fun!"

The team leader boards will be removed on 5 June but reading.beatthestreet.me will host a leader board of the top 50 players for June and July and players will still be able to see their individual score on the website.

Players are invited to give their feedback on the competition at http://evidencecentre.com/beatthestreet.

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw and can win the following:

£100 Reebok vouchers, Family ticket to LEGOLAND, Meal for 2 at Alto Lounge, Caversham, Reading FC signed ball.

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