EAST Renfrewshire residents have been clocking up the miles as they take part in an interactive game that aims to boost health and wellbeing.

‘Beat the Street’ sees players being rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their town or village on foot or by bicycle.

It was a big hit last year when it operated in the Barrhead and Newton Mearns areas.

Now the free game is taking place in Neilston, Giffnock, Thornliebank, Clarkston, Busby, Eaglesham and Waterfoot, in an effort to encourage people there to get out and about.

Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes have been placed on lamp-posts around these areas and participants use cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team.

So far, more than 7,000 players have travelled some 50,000 miles in the competition, which runs until April 1.

Councillor Tony Buchanan, leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “It’s incredible to see the community get active together and there have noticeably been more people out and about walking, cycling, running and scooting.

“Beat the Street is a great incentive to get active and the game has also shown that it’s so beneficial to get outdoors and into green spaces.”

The game is being delivered by Intelligent Health on behalf of East Renfrewshire Council, with support from Paths for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme.

Visit beatthestreet.me/eastrenfrewshire for more details.