THE Beat the Street challenge taking place across the Dudley borough has entered its Go Active themed week to encourage participants to find new activities and sports to try out.

The idea is that people will find something they might not have tried before to help them continue to keep up their new active habits after the Beat the Street competition comes to an end and to explore the sports and leisure options on offer.

With the Commonwealth Games taking place nearby to inspire local residents, there’s no better time to get active.

More than 25,200 people have signed up to play the Beat the Street Dudley game and have together walked, cycled, wheeled, run and scooted 85,000 miles so far in the competition.

Anyone of any age can take part and can still get involved now by picking up a card from one of the distribution points on

People can join an existing school, community group or workplace team or set one up,

Teams of all varieties including schools, community groups and workplaces have been battling it out for the past several weeks across the average and total points leaderboards to take home prizes of vouchers for books if they top the leaderboard.

There are also prizes for individuals and ‘lucky spot’ prizes just for taking part.

Beat the Street Dudley has been commissioned by Dudley Council and the Canal and River Trust with support from the National Lottery via Sport England and it is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor Ian Bevan, Dudley Council's cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: "The aim of Beat the Street is to encourage communities to become more active and to incorporate those healthy habits into their lifestyles over the long-term so they become part of people’s lifestyle.

"The Go Active themed week is a celebration of all the ways you can get moving in and around the area and a fabulous opportunity to try out something new without any pressure.

"Beat the Street is a fantastic, free-to-enter initiative and anyone can get involved.

"As well as encouraging you to get active which will have a hugely positive impact on your health, you could also help support a community team to win a prize."