Merseyside stood united on Sunday (14 May) to remember and celebrate the 96 lives that were lost in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989. The third staging of the Run For The 96 5K also brought about the biggest turnout yet, with 1,800 Reds and Blues taking part.
Run For The 96 5K is the brainchild of Liverpool fan Dom Williams, who has organised the mammoth three-day Hillsborough-Anfield 96-mile team running challenge. As part of the event’s community spirit, the run will start at Stanley Park, a fitting location between the home grounds of Liverpool FC and Everton FC.
You’ll Never Walk Alone and Z Cars were played before a minute’s applause to remember The 96. The runners then set off to the sound of The Justice Collective’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. Among those taking part were Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram, Liverpool FC legend Alan Kennedy, boxer Stephen Smith, original Big Brother winner Craig Phillips, Everton fans’ favourite Speedo Mick, Alison McGovern, and deputy mayor of Liverpool Councillor Ann O’Byrne.
After cheering the runners on for the last two years, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) Margaret Aspinall this time took part. Margaret walked the 5k course with Liverpool actor and Brookside favourite Michael Starke.
Margaret commented: “What an amazing event, it has a real community feel and raising money for such great causes is so important. I just had to take part this year. The support we receive is fantastic and we have huge respect for everyone who has taken part, especially the little ones in the one miler.”
The event was organised to support the LFC Foundation, Everton In The Community and Stanley Park Liverpool C.I.C. Throughout its three year history the event has continued to raise vital funds with over £10,000 generated in 2016.