THREE generations of a Staincross Common family have become the millionth participants in a national health and fitness campaign.

Carrie Ford, 40, and dad Arthur Firth, 72, have been leading by example as part of Barnsley’s Beat the Street initiative, racking up an impressive 8,000 points and 358 miles since the ‘beat boxes’ were first launched last month.

Beat the Street is delivered by Intelligent Health and Barnsley Council, with the area joining 59 local authorities in challenging residents to make small changes and build daily activity into their lives for the chance to win prizes. Participants are encouraged to walk, run and cycle around Barnsley and tap the beat boxes to generate points that could see them win prizes for their efforts.

Carrie said: “My partner works in leisure and I work in a school. Because of our jobs and the fact that we have five children of our own, we wanted to set an example.

“Anything we can do to get them active helps. With the beat boxes we can just walk out of the door and get involved.”

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Carrie, along with partner Lorenzo Clarke, have been competing daily to encourage the younger members of the household to get out and get active.

But it isn’t Carrie and Lorenzo who have earned the most points to date. It is granddad Arthur, who goes on daily litter picks around the area to keep the streets clean.

The competitive family now hopes to be in with a chance of winning extra prizes and top the Barnsley leaderboard.