Beneficiaries are Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation,

LFC Foundation, Everton in the Community, Stanley Park CIC

 

Beginner runners are being encouraged to pull on their trainers and join free sessions to help get them on the start line for next month’s Run For The 96.

People keen to improve their health are invited to get involved and try the sport through a series of weekly training programmes being held in Anfield, Speke and Liverpool city centre.

The fifth annual Run For The 96 5K is on Saturday 11 May 2019 in Stanley Park, between Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park.

This year marks 30 years since the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989.

Run For The 96 5K was first staged in April 2015 as a community legacy event, as a positive way to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough – while remembering the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity.

Key elements of this year’s event include a beginners’ training programme to encourage new participants and a virtual run option for overseas football fans.

                                                                                          

Beneficiaries on-board for 2019 are Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, LFC Foundation, Everton in the Community, and Stanley Park CIC.

Together, the beneficiaries support the vision of creating a positive community legacy event to honour The 96, and are committed to ensure that local communities benefit from the event. The four good causes will receive monies donated and funds raised by participants.

Beginners runners or those who haven’t pulled on their training shoes for a while are encouraged to take their first step by joining sessions being supported by the LFC Foundation, Everton in the Community, Stanley Park CIC, and Liverpool City Council’s Fit For Me programme.

 

The Stanley Park sessions run on Saturday mornings. Meet at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory at 11am. Everyone welcome. The sessions will run each week culminating with Run For The 96 5K on Saturday 11 May 2019.

 

There are sessions in Liverpool city centre each Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6pm. Meet at the main reception of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, L3 5QA.

 

The Speke sessions are hosted by the NHS Blood and Transplant Running Group, who meet on Monday and Thursday from 5pm to 5.45pm. Meet at NHS Blood and Transplant, Tissue and Eye Services, 14 Estuary Banks, Estuary Commerce Park, Speke, Liverpool, L24 8RB.

 

To register your interest or find out more about the training sessions please email amanda.rivers@nhsbt.nhs.uk

 

Run For The 96 has the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG).

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:

“Run For The 96 5K was created as a family friendly community legacy event to celebrate the lives of The 96, while remembering their families and the survivors. By encouraging beginners to pull on their trainers and start running is part of the event legacy to support people in their quest to get fit, active and healthy.

“If you need that extra encouragement to get back out there for a run or you’d like to try running for the very first time, try the training sessions which will help get you on the 5K or 1 Mile start line on 11 May in Stanley Park.”

Football fans from across the globe are also getting involved by taking part in the virtual run option, alongside those from across the UK. Virtual runners will be sent a full race pack, including race number, T-shirt and medal.

Virtual runners have also registered from Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Oman, and the United States of America.

BTR organise and deliver the event. The entry fee pays to stage and deliver all aspects of the event, including a bespoke commemorative medal and T-shirt for all participants in the 5K event.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise or donate to the four official beneficiaries – Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, LFC Foundation, Everton in the Community, and Stanley Park CIC.

Donate at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/RunForThe965K2019Team or email erica@btrliverpool.com to be added to the fundraising team page.

Run For The 96 5K 2019 is on Saturday 11 May in Stanley Park, the 5K fun starts at 9.30am, followed by the 1 Mile fun run at approximately 11am. Full details can be found atwww.btrliverpool.com/965k

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