Street Tag season one winners


WINNERS of the first season of Street Tag in Harwich and Walton have been revealed.
The free game launched in June 15, turning parks and streets into a giant virtual playground.
Players earnt points by collecting virtual tags – making physical activity into a fun game by converting walking, running, and cycling into Street Tag points (tags).
The first season, which ended on September 23, saw more than six million steps taken in Walton and four million steps in Harwich.
Top of the school leaderboard in Harwich and Dovercourt was All Saints Primary School with 10,500,245 points, and top of the Walton leaderboard was Rolph Church of England Primary School and Nursery with 2,929,860 points.
Team Bretton topped the community leaderboard in Harwich and Dovercourt, and Mic73 in Walton.
Keith Bretton, who took part in the game with his wife and three children, said: “We have really embraced the game, hoping it would give us an opportunity to spend more time together as a family, in a fun, competitive and healthy way – Street Tag certainly provided that.
“It has made us explore our own community more, with runs, walks, and bike rides exploring corners of Harwich and Dovercourt we didn’t even know existed, despite having lived here all our lives.
“It has certainly encouraged us to cover longer distances, getting more steps in and just generally putting our phones to better use than just sitting at home on them.”
Becky Dowling, from Community Voluntary Services Tendring, is running the event alongside Active Essex this year.
She said: “Street Tag is a free and fun way to get outside and get active.
“Just download the app and start collecting tags and you too could be a winner.”
Tags can be found on school routes, in local parks and public spaces, and at local events making it easy to join in the fun and be in the race for prizes.
The app will automatically collect the tags within a 40-meter radius and change the colour from red to yellow.
Points add up in real time on the school, workplace or community leaderboard.
After every 12 weeks, those earning the most points while collecting virtual tags will win prizes.
The next season will end on January 10 for schools and January 19 for the community teams.
Street Tag in Harwich and Walton is being delivered by Active Essex and CVST in partnership with Street Tag, Tendring District Council and Harwich Town Council.
For more information on Street Tag visit and download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, or call Becky Dowling on 07707282907.

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