Presentations of trophies and prize funds for the winners of the Beat the Street Hounslow competition have been held this week.
Set the goal of ditching the car and walking, cycling and running on a collective journey around the earth for six weeks, Hounslow rose to the challenge and its 11,000 participants walked a grand total of 39,286 miles.
The team that travelled the furthest and topped the overall leaderboard was St Lawrence’s RC Primary in Feltham whose 706 team members walked 5,731 miles. They were presented with a trophy and £500 to spend on sporting equipment or experiences for pupils.
Additionally, the school also won an additional £500 as they won the average points leaderboard, just one point ahead of Cardinal Road Infant and Nursery School whose 249 players walked 2010 miles. Cardinal Road won a trophy and a cheque for £250 for coming second on the average points leaderboard.
St Lawrence’s head teacher Rory McCormack, said: “We loved playing Beat the Street and it was wonderful to see everyone contributing and trying their best. It was such a brilliant scheme which was simple but effective. However, while it was a fun competition, the point of it was to get us into the habit of walking, so I’d urge you all to keep walking as much as you can.”
In second place on the overall leaderboard was Berkeley Primary School whose 539 team members walked 3,525 miles. They won a trophy and a cheque for £250.
The Beat the Street campaign encouraged people to ditch the car and to walk where possible. It was funded by the EU Switch campaign and the London Borough of Hounslow.
Prizes were presented by the Mayor of the London Borough of Hounslow, Councillor Nisar Malik who said: “We’re delighted to see that the people of Hounslow have had such a great time playing Beat the Street. As well as the health benefits, we’ve heard stories about people who have discovered new parts of the borough and really got the community together. Congratulations in particular to St Lawrence’s Primary School but everyone who took part is a winner for taking positive steps to get active.”