Colourful ending for Beat the Street Northern Ireland

Beat the Street came to a colourful ending in Northern Ireland this month as hundreds of people from Belfast, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Holywood were blasted with bursts of bright paint in a race around Victoria Park.

To celebrate Northern Ireland walking, running and cycling more than 137,000 miles in just seven weeks, Beat the Street organised a free colour blast event in Victoria Park on the final day of the competition.

The Colour Blast saw more than 700 people race around the park, being showered by brightly-coloured powder paint as they passed through various checkpoints. Participants also had the chance to score some last-minute bonus points on a special 50 points Beat Box in the park.

Dianne Whyte, Engagement Manager for Beat the Street Northern Ireland, said: “Beat the Street has engaged communities in and around Belfast over the past seven weeks, so we thought the most fitting ending would be to transform Victoria Park into a hub of colour and activity.

“With more than 700 people taking part, the response was incredible and we hope we’ve shown that being active doesn’t have to be difficult or costly, but can be something fun, social and be done in your local area.”

Beat the Street saw more than 28,000 people representing 130 schools and community teams compete against each other to see who can walk or cycle the furthest from Wednesday 13 September to Wednesday 1 November.

The physical activity initiative is funded by The National Charity Partnership — a partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation and Tesco.

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