THOUSANDS of people across Swindon racked up more than 250,000 miles in this year's Beat the Street challenge..

More than 25,979 people signed up and walked, cycled and ran during the successful six-week initiative which kicked off in the last week of September and ended on Wednesday.

Winners across16 different school leaderboards gave pupils plenty to celebrate, though Haydonleigh Primary School's 964 members travelled the furthest distance throughout the game - 14,467 miles.

Beat the Street co-ordinator Stuart Arthur said: “It has been another fantastic game and we’ve loved hearing stories from people while we were out and about.

"Not only do we regularly hear from people who have loved playing Beat the Street and getting fitter, but we hear about families who are spending more time together, people who have discovered new parts of Swindon that they might not have visited before, and communities coming together.

“Although the game has finished, we will continue to work with local groups, schools and residents to encourage people to maintain those lifestyle changes that they have made during the game.”

This year, the game was expanded with more Beat Boxes around the town, new locations and more leaderboards.

Everyone who took part in this year’s Beat the Street game is invited to a celebration event at Lydiard Park on Saturday November 16 from 12pm to 3pm.

Presentations will take place at this event from 12.30pm with 'have-a-go' activities from 1pm.

Beat the Street was delivered by Intelligent Health and funded by the National Lottery on behalf of Sport England and Swindon Borough Council with the intention of increasing levels of walking and cycling in Swindon.

Its initial launch in Swindon last year proved so popular that it was brought back again this year and had even more people of all ages taking part.

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Movement topped the charity leaderboard with Swindon and North Wiltshire Deaf Children's Society a close second.

Greg210 topped the individual leaderboard. Swindon Parkrun raced ahead of the pack on the sports teams' points leaderboard, with Slinn Allstars and Swindon Striders in second and third place respectively.

Step Out Swindon Walking for Health won the total points table for community teams, with Swindon Street Screamers and Centurion Wolf Explorer Unit following in their footsteps.