THE Metrodome has been shortlisted in the prestigious National Fitness Awards for the second year.

It's one of six finalists in the Gym of the Year North category, beating off stiff competition from hundreds of nominations nationwide.

The awards, organised by Script Media in conjunction with leading fitness magazine WorkOut, are the biggest free-to-enter awards in the gym industry and recognise excellence, innovation and hard work.

Each of the finalists will be visited by the judging team, which will meet the owners and staff, be given tours, chat with members and present a detailed report to an expert panel of judges.

Judith Halkerston, the event's director, said: "Visiting the shortlisted gyms really is one of the WorkOut team's favourite jobs of the year - it's inspiring to see all the great work that's going on in facilities, big and small, all over the country.

"All the shortlisted gyms have done really well already beating off stiff competition - it's been a tough task choosing just six as the quality of entries seems to just get better year on year.

"We believe we have made the right choices though and many congratulations to all the finalists."

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on December 6 at The Palace Hotel, Manchester, hosted by former television Gladiator and fitness expert Caroline Pearce.

Tim Wilson, BPL's chief executive, said: "We're delighted to be finalists for the National Fitness Awards once again and are proud that the Metrodome is recognised as a leading regional attraction.

"We're committed to continuously improving all of our venues and are pleased to see the results of this investment are being nationally recognised."