CHORLEY Panthers Rugby League side held their annual award ceremony at Chorley Town Hall.

The awards are to recognise the efforts the players put in throughout the season along with some individual awards.

More than 600 parents and children that attended the event.

Among the highlights included a couple of special recognition awards were presented, the first to Peter Bridge who received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award for his 20 year involvement in the club and secondly Angela Turner was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Club Chairman Alan Bowers said: “It was a fantastic occasion for the club and we were very pleased to hold the event at the Town Hall as it gave an extra special meaning to the event, the 240 plus players over the season have done themselves and the club proud.

“The club had a one month break throughout December but we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back when we commence pre-season training.”

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Elsewhere, there was no festive rest for some of the members of Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club.

In the athletics circle, Boxing Day is for running off the Christmas dinner around the lovely Worden Park; 9 intrepid runners from the club where accompanied by nearly 400 others in this annual race.

John Horrocks completed the course in 38:50 and claimed a top 20 position.

Darren Bowes and Nick Gkikas returned in the top 60, followed closely by Paul Wareing and Mark Bond. Liam Betney took just over 47mins, Jane Bowles was very happy to beat the 50mins mark just behind Simon Townsend.

Carl Prince, running with suspected broken ribs, did well to complete the course (at all) in well under the hour.