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Read more › News - 4th January 2021

Melaleuca Women’s Prison in WA breaks parkrun records at launch

Event Ambassador Bronwyn Bell supported Melaleuca Women’s Prison in Western Australia to introduce parkrun to their facility. Bronwyn explains the considerations that remand centres must work through during the development of parkrun and recounts her experience of their launch event. Melaleuca parkrun launch   Attending a parkrun launch is surreal when much of the parkrun…

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Read more › News - 3rd March 2020

Surprise yourself and others

I have been in prison for many years now. I had never heard of parkrun until our Recreation Officer showed us a TV clip about the first women’s prison in the world to host a parkrun (in Western Australia). I saw women happily walking and talking on an oval. They looked normal and almost free….

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Read more › News, Press - 25th January 2020

World’s first parkrun in a remand centre launches in Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre

In a world first for a remand centre, 47 officers and prisoners at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre (BWCC) took part in the inaugural Wacol parkrun today.   BWCC has become the 33rd correctional site in the world to host a parkrun, the ninth in Australia and the first in Queensland.   Queensland Corrective Services Deputy Commissioner…

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Read more › News - 20th January 2020

Connection is the opposite of addiction

In July 2019, Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in Western Australia became the first female prison in the world to host a parkrun.   In another world first, Wandoo developed a pioneering initiative to encourage the women in their care and their friends and family to participate in parkrun.   In a 12-week period, if a Wandoo…

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Read more › News - 18th December 2019

parkrun celebrates two year success of events on custodial estates

Across the world on a Saturday morning, residents in prisons, young offender institutions, and correctional facilities are walking, jogging, running and volunteering in a groundbreaking initiative that is changing the lives of prisoners and staff alike.   Two years on from the first event, we take a look at the phenomenal success of parkruns on…

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Read more › News, Press - 19th October 2019

Tarrengower Women’s Prison in Victoria launches parkrun

Tarrengower Prison in central Victoria has become just the third women’s correctional facility in the world to introduce parkrun.   Tarrengower is the only minimum security female prison in the state and focusses on preparing women for their release. It provides a maximum of 72 residents with programs and employment opportunities, allowing them to build…

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Read more › News, Press - 23rd July 2019

A committed team at Hopkins

“Welcome to Hopkins parkrun, I don’t think anyone really wants to be doing a parkrun in here but let’s make the best of it.”   And that is how the third Aussie prison-based parkrun was launched. No press releases and no fanfare,  just a committed team with the full intention of getting it right.  …

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Read more › News, Press - 17th July 2019

Australia to launch world’s first parkrun for women in custody

Inmates at the Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in Perth will become the first women in custody anywhere in the world to take part in weekly parkrun events when Wandoo parkrun launches this Saturday 20th July.   Wandoo became Western Australia’s first dedicated alcohol and drug rehabilitation prison for women in custody when it opened in August 2018. The…

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Read more › News - 12th June 2019

Sport plays key role in helping prisoners rehabilitate

The following article appeared in The Age and the Pursuit this week:   The number of people in Victoria’s prisons is soaring. In the past 10 years the state’s prison population has jumped by 80 per cent to 7666, and in the coming year the government will spend $1.8 billion on its prison system.  …

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Read more › News - 15th May 2019

When time stood still

Two prison-based parkruns have now launched in Australia, at Dhurringile and Mobilong. In January, the prison-based parkrun at HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire got underway.   parkrun Ambassador Peter Hayes attended the inaugural Cromhall event and shared this run report…   It was pitch black and drizzling outside PEI Cross’s office as we checked our…

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