Beat the Street fever gripped the county – and now the winners of the fitness challenge have been announced.

The walking and cycling initiative took place between September 11 and October 23 across the Musselburgh and also the Preston, Seton and Gosford council wards, encouraging residents to walk, cycle, run and scoot as far as possible to score points and win prizes.

Participants scanned cards and fobs on ‘beat boxes’ that were placed on lampposts across the county.

More than 6,000 adults and children took part, travelling more than 71,000 miles throughout the competition, equivalent to nearly three times around the equator.

On the school leaderboard, Cockenzie Primary School topped the total points leaderboard with a distance of nearly 19,700 miles travelled by its team of 824 players.

Second place went to Campie Primary School in Musselburgh, whose 649 players walked and cycled more than 16,300 miles.

Third place was claimed by Musselburgh’s Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School, which had a team of 623 players travel over 5,000 miles.

On the average points leaderboard, Campie Primary came out on top, followed by Cockenzie Primary and St Gabriel’s Primary School in Prestonpans.

On both the community team total and average points leaderboards, first place went to the Pennypit team, second to Prestonpans GP surgery and third to Preston Lodge RFC.

The Changes charity topped the charity leaderboard, followed by Cycling Without Age (Musselburgh chapter) and Beach Wheelchairs. The winning teams will be presented with vouchers to be put towards books or sports and fitness equipment.

Councillor Norman Hampshire, East Lothian Council’s cabinet spokesperson for environment, said: “Congratulations to all the winning teams and well done to every person who participated.

“Together you all reached a monumental distance of 71,241 miles in only six weeks, which is an incredible accomplishment.

“We hope the game has encouraged people to rethink how they travel around the area and players have found that walking or cycling to school or work is a fun, free alternative to using their car.”

Beat the Street was delivered by Intelligent Health on behalf of East Lothian Council with funding from the Scottish Government’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places and the Musselburgh and Preston, Seton, Gosford Area Partnerships.

Although the game has finished, Beat the Street will continue to work with local groups, schools and residents to encourage people to maintain the changes made during the game.

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