News - 18th September 2018

First prison-based parkrun in Ireland launches


A total of 27 runners and walkers completed seven and a half laps at the inaugural Progression parkrun, the first prison-based parkrun in Ireland. Run Director on the day, Richard Bruce, explains more: 


Progression parkrun is a closed event in the grounds of the Progression Unit, in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. 17 inmates, accompanied by 11 invited guests, took part on a lovely September morning. The lads take part as runners and walkers, as well as helping to deliver the event itself by volunteering in a range of roles. The hope is that having a parkrun in the Unit will also help link the prisoners to the outside community. After release they can approach their local parkrun with confidence and hopefully expand their social network.


The day proved a great distraction from the normal humdrum of daily life, and at the “Apres Run” the lads mingled with all of the visitors on a level playing field, discussing the event and chatting about what’s going on in the outside world. The times had not even been processed when the lads were already asking about who might be attending next week’s event.


A lot of time and effort has gone into getting Progression parkrun up and running, and if future events prove as successful as the first one it will have been time well spent.


Here’s to many more!


Richard Bruce
Run Director


More information about prison-based parkruns can be found here. 

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