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Press - 2nd June 2018

parkrun veteran (77) calls it a full house at Magilligan Prison

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Retired teacher and veteran runner, Tommy Fee, had a milestone moment on Saturday 2 June as he crossed the finish line at Lower Drummans parkrun at Magilligan Prison.

 

The weekly 5k event is held within the grounds of Magilligan Prison, and was the last of the 26 parkruns across Northern Ireland which Tommy aimed to complete.

 

Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Ronnie Armour, was at the finish line to congratulate Tommy on his achievement.

 

He said: “Tommy is a truly inspirational person and one who we welcome to the prison to show that, through commitment and hard work, anything can be achieved.

 

“Lower Drummans parkrun at Magilligan Prison is going from strength to strength with more and more people taking part. Rehabilitation is at the heart of all we do at Magilligan, and indeed, across the whole of the Prison Service.

 

“The growing interest in parkrun and the participation by both staff and prisoners makes this a really important event which helps to create – through healthy bodies and minds – a safe community where we respect the law and each other.”

 

Following the event, Tommy spoke with other parkrunners and praised the efforts of the prisoners and staff in making the first prison parkrun in Northern Ireland such a success.

 

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to Lower Drummans parkrun and cannot believe the sociable, friendly running community that exists within the prison. This is my first visit to a prison and I am so impressed by the work of the staff and how they are supporting those in their care. It has been such an uplifting and positive experience and I have met some really good people today.”

 

parkrun’s Lead Ambassador in Northern Ireland Matt Shields said: “Lower Drummans parkrun is blazing a trail in Northern Ireland by demonstrating the significant impact that parkruns can have for both prisoners and staff in the secure estate.”

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