Beating the Street!

(Last Updated On: September 12, 2018)


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Beat the Street, a new, exciting community- based initiative is on its way to Torbay.

A fun, free and inclusive walking and cycling competition, its aims are to help get us more active, improving our health and connecting our communities.

It’s being run by ‘Intelligent Health’ and is funded by The National Lottery (through Sport England) and Torbay Council Public Health.

And everyone can play!

Beat the Street will see Torquay, Paignton and Brixham transformed into ‘a giant game’ from 19 September-31 October 2018. People of all ages play simply by walking or cycling around the area, discovering new places in, earning points and winning prizes.

You can play on your own or join a team, every journey you make will add points to your total, and the simple materials required will soon be available from local ‘Distribution Points’, including libraries, leisure centres and supermarkets.

The game already has a great track record across the UK and a Torbay launch event will be happening very soon. In the meantime the Beat the Street Torbay website can tell you much more, including how to get involved, at:

There’s also a Facebook page:


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!