Residents in Wolverhampton are going places... they've travelled more than 100,000 miles in the first 3 weeks of Beat the Street - the equivalent of 4 times around the world.

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And there's still time to sign up and play along, and in doing so join thousands of other people in Wolverhampton taking part in the unique walking, cycling and running game.

More than 24,000 people are taking part in Beat the Street, including pupils, parents and teachers at more than 75 local schools as well as employers, community groups and sports clubs, with players racking up the miles - and points - for their chosen organisation.

And with the game continuing until Wednesday 13 April, 2016, it's not too late to get involved. To play, simply pick up a free Beat the Street card - available now from a range of venues, including local libraries, leisure centres, community centres, the Civic Centre and Wolverhampton Art Gallery - and register online at Type=links;Linkid=6912;Title=Beat the Street;Target=_blank;.

Players collect miles and points by swiping their card against 2or more of the 200 Beat the Street Beat Boxes which have been erected on lampposts right across Wolverhampton, travelling between each on foot or bike.

Players can monitor their progress on line, and top scorers will be in the running for some great prizes, including  £1,000, £500 and £250 worth of Decathlon vouchers for the teams that record the most miles or the highest average per team member.

There are also regular "lucky tap" prizes which people can be in line to win simply by tapping their card against selected Beat Boxes.

This week players should head towards the Beat Box outside WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams, which is offering double points between now and Friday. Anyone who taps the Beat Box will also be entered into a special prize draw to win one of 4 three month platinum gym memberships for WV Active or a fruit and veg hamper from Bilston Market.

Players must tap another Beat Box before the one outside WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams to score double points and to be entered into the draw, and there will be one winner each day.

Councillor Sandra Samuels, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We're thrilled to see so many people taking part in Beat the Street.

"We're not even 3 weeks in, but already people have walked, cycled and run over 100,000 miles, which means we are well on course to reach the moon by the end of the seven week challenge.

"Evenings will start to get lighter soon as the clocks go back this weekend, giving people even more opportunity to get out and about. In the meantime, remember to think about what you are wearing to play Beat the Street after dark - high visibility gear, reflective, bright and light coloured clothing will help you all to be seen."

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  • released: Tuesday 15 March, 2016