Inveraray Jail Break: 6.5k Race Challenge Running for Second Year

On Sunday 9th May 2010, keen runners will flee from prison as the Inveraray Jail Break race returns to Argyll for a second year.

The race kicks off at 11am from Inveraray Jail, a local visitor attraction and museum just 90 minutes from Glasgow, and continues up some 250 metres to the top of Dun-na-Cuaiche.  Runners will complete the circular route down at the finishing line in the grounds of Inveraray Castle.

The event is part of this year’s Inveraray Bluebell Festival, an exciting month long programme of cultural events taking place in the Inveraray area by Loch Fyne. 

Winning categories include first male and first female junior, senior and veteran.  29 runners took part in last year’s race and the overall fastest time recorded was an impressive 28 minutes 46 seconds, from first male senior winner Nick Emsley.  The fastest female time was 38 minutes 59 seconds, from first female veteran winner, also one of the event organisers, Fiona Corner.  

Participants each receive a free Inveraray Jail T-shirt and there are trophies, medals and prizes for category winners.  The race caters for a range of running enthusiasts.  As well as serious runners, participants are more than welcome to do a sponsored run for their chosen charity or even come in fancy dress!

Gavin Dick, Prison Governor at Inveraray Jail said: “We would like to wish all the contenders the very best of luck for this year’s race.  The biggest challenge will be to not get distracted from the spectacular views from Dun-na-Cuaiche! Whether competing or not, we would like to invite everyone along to the event to cheer on participants and enjoy this great day out.”

To take part in the race please urgently contact event organisers Fiona or Garret Corner on 01499 302 160.  Entry costs £4 in advance or £5 on the day.  For more information on Inveraray Jail please visit the jail website on  

Inveraray Jail was once the courthouse and prison serving Argyll.  Real life warders, matrons and prisoners bring the 19th century prison alive.  Visitors can try out prison beds and hammocks in the old and new prisons, sit in on a trial in the spectacular courtroom, sample the brutal 19th century prison punishments and search through prison records for your naughty ancestors.  The privately run attraction is open all year round.  For further details please visit call 01499 302381. 


For more information please contact:

Pauline Foster

PR Account Manager – Inveraray Jail

Pure Shores PR – Oban

+ 44 (0)1631 569 651

+ 44 (0)7791573247

Notes to Editors:

  • Inveraray Jail is a superb visitor attraction with interest and excitement for all ages.  Visitors can tour at their own leisure.  There are also great family deals and concessions for seniors and groups.
  • The Royal Burgh of Inveraray lies on the beautiful banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll.  From Glasgow take the A82 North along Loch Lomond to Tarbert and then take the A83 round the head of Loch Fyne to Inveraray. Allow one and a half hours. 

Last years’ winners by category (minutes & seconds): 

  • First male junior – Paul Cameron – 28:54
  • First male senior – Nick Emsley – 28:46
  • First male veteran – Paul Thompson – 29:14
  • First female junior – Naomi Sturrock – 44:14
  • First female senior – Naomi Dixon – 41:02
  • First female veteran – Fiona Corner – 38:59

Note to photographers:

  • Photographers are invited along to photograph the event, from runners fleeing prison to the presentation of awards at the finishing line in the grounds of Inveraray Castle.
  • To attend the event please contact Pauline Foster as above to arrange.


Contact: Pauline Foster
Phone: 01631 569 651