LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP AND JOIN JAMIE CARRAGHER TO RUN FOR THE 96 JOIN THE REDS’ LEGEND ON SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018 FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT STANLEY PARK AS PART OF THE DAY
Time is running out ayto register for the fourth annual Run For The 96 5K, which takes place in Liverpool’s Stanley Park this Saturday (12 May).
Liverpool Football Club legend Jamie Carragher will be pulling on his running shoes to take part in the 5K for the very first time.
Bootle-born Jamie was part of Liverpool FC’s winning team in the European Cup Final 2005. He will be joined on the start line by his Dad, Phil Carragher.
The community legacy event was first staged in April 2015, as a positive way to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans died in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989.
The event also remembers the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity for 29 years.
Run For The 96 5K will start at 9.30am. The event also includes a 1 Mile Fun Run for the second year, this starts at approximately 11.15am.
The community legacy fun run takes place in Stanley Park – a fitting location between the home grounds of Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium and Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park.
The event follows last Sunday’s inaugural Run To Remember 96K Relay at Seacombe Promenade (6 May), when the Memorial Gardens To The 96 at Wallasey Town Hall were the day’s focal point.
A total of 151 supporters of all ages ran and walk throughout the 9-hour period, covering a staggering 1,091 kilometres – an incredible 678 miles. Each kilometre was dedicated to one of The 96.
Yorkshire-based runner and a regular at BTR races, Terry Forrest, completed the entire 96K (just under 60 miles) in 5 hours 50 minutes. Terry invited the remaining group of runners to join him and run the last kilometre together.Run For The 96 5K is the brainchild of Dom Williams, who has previously organised the annual mammoth Hillsborough to Anfield run. Dom developed the idea of Run For The 96 with race organisers BTR Liverpool to create a new 5K community legacy fun run as a way to engage the wider community to run to remember The 96. BTR organise and deliver the event.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “The very first run to remember 96k relay was a very special curtain raiser to the weekend’s fourth annual run for the 96 5k. Individuals, groups, and families of all ages took part, which really does highlight the strong community legacy vision behind the two events.
“This Saturday more than 1,000 runners will join Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher, Margaret Aspinall and other special guest on the start line to celebrate the lives of the 96. Stanley Park will be a sea of red and blue, standing side by side – it’s a very special sight. Come and join us as we run to remember.
Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), will be walking the 5K course for the second year. Margaret lost her 18-year-old son James in the tragedy.
Sue Roberts, Secretary of the HFSG, lost her 24-year-old brother Graham at Hillsborough. Sue will be running the 5K for the fourth time.
Family member Steve Kelly, from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, lost his 38-year-old brother Michael. Steve and his four-legged friend, dog Justice Jimmy, will also be taking part for the fourth year.Run For The 96 5K stalwart, Reds’ favourite Alan Kennedy, is also back to take part for the fourth consecutive year.
The 5K fun run will also feature former Emmerdale actor Kurtis Stacey; firefighter Patrick McBride, also known as the Milk Tray Man; football impressionist Darren Farley; and original Big Brother winner, Craig Phillips.
Voice of Anfield, George Sephton, who has been Liverpool Football Club’s match day announcer for almost 47 years, has supported the event from day one – he will again be present on the day.
Alongside the running events, Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation will both host family activities, including soccer skills, penalty shoot out and beat the goalie. Volunteer teams from both football club charities will also be helping on the day.
Bouncy Castles Liverpool and Fans Supporting Food Banks will also be in attendance.
This year’s official beneficiaries are Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, Everton in the Community, and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC. The three organisations will benefit from funds donated and/or raised by participants. Together, the trio support the vision of creating a positive community legacy event, and commitment to ensuring that local communities benefit from the legacy run.
Sponsor forms are available, or the official online donation page is https://mydonate.bt.com/events
Over three years, donations and funds raised through the Run For The 96 5K event has totalled £22,000 for good causes Everton in the Community, the LFC Foundation, and Stanley Park CIC.
The entry fee pays to stage and deliver all aspects of the event, including bespoke commemorative medal and T-shirt.
Online entries Run For The 96 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run close at midnight on Thursday (10 May) at www.btrliverpool.com
Registration is also available at BTR Liverpool at 82 Market Street in Hoylake.
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