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Black Combe Parkrun

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Black Combe Parkrun
DateEvery Saturday, 9am
LocationHMP Haverigg
Event typeMulti-terrain
Distance5 kilometres (3.1 miles)
Established4 November 2017; 2 years ago (2017-11-04)
Official sitewww.parkrun.org.uk/Black_Combe

Black Combe Parkrun is a 5K run that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at HMP Haverigg, Cumbria, England.[1] The run is part of the global network of free to enter Parkrun events and was the first parkrun to take place within the grounds of a prison.[2]

The course[edit]

The course takes place within the closed grounds of the prison and is seven laps of the prisons sports ground.[3]

The prison[edit]

HM Prison Haverigg is a Category C men's prison, located in village of Haverigg, near Millom in Cumbria, England. Haverigg Prison is operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service, and is part of the HMP North Lancashire and Cumbria Estate (along with HMP Lancaster Castle and HMP Lancaster Farms). Haverigg Prison is built on the site of an old RAF airfield training centre, and was opened in 1967. While some of the prison's workshops and offices are housed in buildings from that era, most of HMP Haverigg has been extensively modernised over the years.

Effect on rehabilitation[edit]

Parkrun’s head of health and wellbeing, Chrissie Wellington said "although there is no one silver bullet that can be deployed in the battle to prevent offending and re-offending behaviour, we feel that parkrun can be a unifying force for good in the desistance from crime and changing lives for the better."[4]

Rosie Meek author of Sport in Prison said "Prisons are extraordinary, often violent and grim places, and for many the opportunity to visit the prison gym, take part in sport and generally let off some steam is a critical aspect of coping with incarceration."[3]

See also[edit]

List of Parkruns in the United Kingdom


  1. "Parkrun launched in prison grounds". 4 November 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. "Alfy's "life-saving" runs".
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sheppard, Emma (1 December 2017). "'Everyone finished and took a lot of pride': prisoners on the parkrun". the Guardian.
  4. "HMP Haverigg inmates went on the run this weekend".

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