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Read more › News - 17th July 2019

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

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

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Read more › News - 24th February 2019

When time stood still

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 equipment and prepared for the prison’s inaugural parkrun. The sign in the gym entrance read…

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Read more › News - 21st November 2018

Back on track: one inmate’s story of how parkrun is reaching through bars

When you consider that prisoners are cocooned in concrete and steel for most of the week, the appeal of an outdoor run in a green space might seem obvious. But talk to the men here and you realise that, for many of them, doing parkrun is about more than just getting some fresh air and…

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Read more › News - 7th November 2018

The inmates behind the world’s first prison parkrun

Every journey starts with a single step…   Hi, I am the gym manager working in HMP Haverigg up in Cumbria. I would like to enquire about getting a parkrun event set up inside our prison so that our prisoners can have the opportunity to get involved in this initiative. Hopefully they will then want…

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Read more › News - 18th September 2018

Keppel parkrun – the world’s first in a Young Offenders Institution

In September 2017 I participated in the Wetherby 10k, which takes place around town centre. As I ran over the bridge towards HM YOI Wetherby, a male juveniles prison where I am employed as a social worker, I started to think about the benefits of running for young people who are remanded or sentenced to…

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Read more › News - 7th August 2018

Springhill parkrun: The world’s first in an open prison

Springhill parkrun in Buckinghamshire became the third prison parkrun in the world, and the first to take place in an open prison, when it launched in June 2018. Amanda Burnham, Head of Security at HMP Springhill, tells us how the idea for a prison parkrun came about, and the impact it is already having after…

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Read more › Press - 2nd June 2018

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

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…

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Read more › News - 16th March 2018

Alfy’s running release

Black Combe parkrun in Cumbria became the first parkrun event in the world to launch inside a prison on 4 November 2017.   One of the participants that day was Alfy Kirkley (pictured left) who went on to complete 17 parkruns and set a new course record before his release last week. As he left, Alfy…

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Read more › News - 6th November 2017

First prison parkrun launches

The first parkrun to take place in a prison has been launched thanks to a pioneering initiative between parkrun UK and HMP Haverigg, a Category C prison in England that has 286 prisoners.    If successful the initiative could be rolled out, with further prisons already expressing interest in starting their own parkruns and a second…

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Read more › Press - 31st October 2017

First prison based parkrun set to launch

Prisoners are set to participate in weekly parkrun events for the first time from this Saturday (4 November), thanks to a pioneering initiative between parkrun UK and HMP Haverigg, a Category C prison in Cumbria that has 286 prisoners.   parkrun UK, a non-profit organisation that supports more than 700 communities across the country to…