The‘Mother Runners Barnsley’’ celebrate the return of the Beat the Street game!

The Beat the Street game returns to Barnsley, to the delight of the ‘Mother Runners Barnsley’!

Beat the Street Barnsley is coming back to the town for 2021, and it could help you go from inactive, to marathon runner, much like the Mother Runners Barnsley!

Kayla Kavanagh, a Barnsley businesswoman and mother-of-two was so inspired by Beat the Street when it came to the town in 2019 that she is now at the helm of an 80-strong group of female runners who have gone from self-confessed couch potatoes to 10K and marathon runners.

Back in 2019, Kayla was fairly inactive and decided to join a Couch to 5K programme which coincidently started at the same time as Beat the Street Barnsley. Not only has she got active herself, and has her sights set on the Manchester Marathon in November this year, but she has encouraged many others thanks to the launch of her four running groups called the ‘Mother Runners Barnsley’. Two other members will be competing in the London Marathon too.

These groups meet on different days at Les Cadeaux, the pottery painting shop in Darton that Kayla manages with her partner, and as well as getting active together, the group has raised thousands of pounds for Barnsley Hospice.

Last time around, more than 25,000 participants of all ages walked, wheeled, cycled and ran between the special sensors called Beat Boxes to score points for their school or workplace teams. The town collectively travelled a magnificent distance of 144,810 miles. The game is set to return on Thursday, 10th June 2021 and organisers are certain that the town can do even better this time.

Kayla adds: “I didn’t particularly relish the thought of exercise, however, the competitive element really appealed to me. I’m always looking for ways to keep my children entertained away from the screen so I thought this would be a fun activity for us to do together. I genuinely believe that without Beat the Street, I would have given up after a few days, but having the Beat Boxes to focus on really kept me motivated and helped me.”

Having heard about Beat the Street via her son’s school, the next step was to create a team to compete with the rest of the local community.

“As our pottery painting shop is also a Community Interest Company we wanted to get behind the positive message of getting active,” said Kayla. “So we set up our own community team. It was fantastic to see so many of our customers joining up and taking part with their children and families.”

If she wasn’t walking with the children Kayla was planning her evening runs when the kids were in bed to get prepared for her 5K challenge and now running is part of her daily routine.

With the game set to return to Barnsley, Kayla can’t wait to grab her map again and join her women’s running groups to play Beat the Street once again.

“Thank you for bringing such a fun game to Barnsley that all the family can enjoy. We really missed the game last year.”

Half of the funding for Beat the Street Barnsley is provided by Barnsley Council, with Sport England funding the other half.

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