Award celebration at Chorley gym

Richard Ellis, Chief Executive of Chorley Fitness, Chapel Street, Chorley.
Richard Ellis, Chief Executive of Chorley Fitness, Chapel Street, Chorley.

A CHORLEY gym outmuscled the opposition to win a prestigious award.

Chorley Fitness 24-Hour Health Club won Sports and Fitness Club of the Year at the Club Mirror Awards 2012.

It is the second time the club has lifted the prestigious award, following its success in 2007.

Chorley Fitness, Chapel Street, beat six other finalists, including The BBC Club in London and Kings Heath Leisure and Cricket Club in Birmingham.

The awards were held at The Palace Hotel, Manchester and hosted by BBC news and sports presenter Chris Hollins last Thursday.

Chorley athletes Natalie Jones and Rik Waddon, who were both medalists at the London Paralympic Games, were also guests at the awards.

They were interviewed and presented Community Club of the Year. Chorley Fitness sponsor and continue to support Rik and Natalie with their training.

Chief executive Richard Ellis accepted the award with trustees Martyn Coyne, Rob Dickinson, Thomas Iddon and personal trainer Louis Mayers.

He said: “It’s great being recommended, nominated and being a finalist, but to win UK Sports and Fitness Club of the Year is amazing.

“It’s recognition of years of hard work. We were told that judges were particularly impressed with the club facilities, personal and friendly service, our unique 24-hour opening concept and our work within the local community.”

Chorley Fitness is also shortlisted as one of six finalists in the North and Scotland Regional Fitness Centre of the Year Category at the National Fitness Industry Awards, Leicester, on November 30.