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New Runnymede Leisure Opens

New Runnymede Leisure Opens


Beth Tweddle MBE officially open the Council’s brand new Runnymede Leisure Centre today Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Speaking at the opening today Councillor Jeffrey Stanley Deputy Leader of the Council said that

‘Increasing fitness and exercise is an important part of dealing with some of the health issues facing Castle Point residents .We hope that by opening the gym and retaining the Runnymede swimming pool we are contributing to a fitter and healthier lifestyle for residents’

‘The building of the Runnymede Leisure Centre is an important project for Castle  Point Council showcasing what can  be achieved when the public and private sector works together’.

Councillor Stanley thanked all those involved in making sure the project was delivered on time particularly those who gave up their Christmas break to ensure the new facility was ready in time.

Castle Point Borough Council has invested £1million in sporting facilities to expand Runnymede Pool in Kiln Road, Benfleet to provide state-of-the-art gym facilities including:

  • one of the UK’s first bespoke HD athletic free weights rigs for multi-use workouts alongside machines for cardio, strength and fitness exercise. Touch screens feature on equipment with the facility to access Netflix, Facebook and virtual running routes.
  • A dedicated spinning room will have top of the range bikes with coach by colour training and a wall-mounted screen capable of uploading virtual routes!
  • The new facility includes a studio that can be used for group sessions and will be available for hire by local dance and fitness groups.
  • A new café, together with remodelled toilets and changing facilities complete the refurbishment, along with maintenance and repair work to the popular pool.

    The new facilities are part of Castle Point Council’s commitment to helping residents become healthier and fitter and a response to challenges facing all local councils following swingeing cuts in their government grants.

    The facility will be opened to the public on 3rd January 2018....great timing for New Year resolutions to get fit in 2018

    The refurbishment works, undertaken by E.J.Taylor and project managed by the Council and NPS has been delivered within the timetable set by the Council in June 2016. 

    Lots of new classes and packages will now be on offer.

    Memberships are available now from £31 per month, without a joining fee! This includes multi-site access to Runnymede Leisure Centre and Waterside Farm Leisure Centre. 

    To view the amazing 3D visual tour and read further information online at

    Please see the Council’s web site for further information.


    Beth Tweddle MBE

    Elizabeth Kimberly Tweddle MBE (born 1 April 1985) is a retired British artistic gymnast.  She was the first female gymnast from Great Britain to win a medal at the European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games.  Beth represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games.  She is the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist on uneven bars, the 2006 and 2010 World Champion on the uneven bars and the 2009 World Champion on floor exercise.  Since retiring in August 2013, Beth has taken on a variety of media and sporting work including winning the eighth series of Dancing on Ice.