Lanarkshire hospice to be helped by Beat the Street fitness challenge

By Jonathan Geddes

A fitness challenge for the people Rutherglen and Cambuslang is set to benefit a Lanarkshire hospice.

Cambuslang and Rutherglen’s Beat the Street challenge starts on September 15 and will run through until October 27.

The idea is that local residents form school, workplace or community teams and score points – and prizes – the further they walk, cycle and wheel within the game area, while also doing their bit to help the environment.

There are prizes for the teams that travel the furthest, with vouchers for books and sports equipment while a total points leader board and an average leader board so opportunities for teams of all sizes to win.

Now it has been confirmed that Kilbryde Hospice, which provides palliative care and support to patients and families of patients with life limiting illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, will also benefit from local efforts.

The hospice will receive a £100 donation, up to £500, each time the community reaches a weekly pre-set mileage target.

Beat the Street was devised by GP Dr William Bird to make exercise and physical activity fun by introducing a competitive game element, and has already been in various towns throughout Lanarkshire.

Since the pandemic, the game has been played by more than 150,000 people who reported that it helped with mental and physical health at a difficult time.

The game has also helped people appreciate how very easy it is to travel across their local towns by walking, cycling or wheeling. The Beat Boxes, cards and fobs have also been adapted and are now more sensitive meaning that the game is contactless.

Primary school pupils will be provided with fobs while parents and teachers will receive a card from the school so they can accompany children. The wider community can pick up a contactless card from various distribution points.

Players then travel between 63 Beat Boxes scoring points with their fobs or cards as they go. The further players travel, the more points they score for their community or school team.

Each week is themed with different activities to help participants get the most out of their Beat the Street experience.

More information can be found here.

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