Plans to double size of Hartlepool fitness centre, creating new jobs

NOP UGC SUPPLIED'Mowden Park Rugby Club team up with Crossfit at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington.'16/7/15  Pic Doug Moody '1607-05'Joanne McCue Bannatyne is planning to double the size of the Hartlepool CrossFit business she runs with ex-Marine Lee Howe.
NOP UGC SUPPLIED'Mowden Park Rugby Club team up with Crossfit at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington.'16/7/15 Pic Doug Moody '1607-05'Joanne McCue Bannatyne is planning to double the size of the Hartlepool CrossFit business she runs with ex-Marine Lee Howe.

A fitness centre could be set to double in size and create three new jobs.

Directors of CrossFit Telic, Hartlepool, Joanne McCue and ex-marine Lee Howe are looking to expand into a 6,500sq ft unit only two years after opening.

The expansion would create three new full time and part-time roles to add to the existing five members of staff, subject to planning permission being granted.

This comes after owners Joanne and Lee hosted the JoLee Interbox Throwdown at their Hartlepool site and invited members from all five CrossFit ‘Boxes’ across Teesside to take part.

The event was watched by over 100 people who saw challengers from other CrossFit boxes compete in many challenges which included weight lifting, kettle bell swings and running a mile with a 20kg weight.

Joanne, who previously worked as director of health club Bannatyne’s said: “Lee and I now have 1,000 members - and growing across five boxes in Teesside, Hartlepool, Darlington, Durham and Team Valley.

“Our five boxes are booming and the Hartlepool community is growing so rapidly.”

The Throwdown competition, sponsored by Teesside companies RAWnola and Blackwells Butchers, saw head coach of CrossFit Jacana Chris Mason win the male category and Canadian Mia Maxwell, a junior doctor at North Tees University Hopsital, achieve the highest score in the female category.

Joanne said: “CrossFit is really catching and we’re leaving traditional health clubs and their prehistoric workouts behind. They’ve had their day. This is the future.”