More than 450 people took part in the inaugural Everton-themed ‘If You Know Your History’ 5K in aid of The People’s Place – Everton in the Community’s proposed purpose-built mental health facility. The first of its kind, the 5k invited runners to move through the highlights of Everton FC over the last 141 years.
Last week’s participants included Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands, as well as first-team coach and club legend Duncan Ferguson and former Blues stars Gareth Farrelly and Stuart Barlow.
The run - organised in partnership with BTR Liverpool - got under way at Prince Rupert’s Lock-Up Tower, with runners and walkers alike setting off to the sound of the iconic Goodison Park siren and Z Cars tune. They made their way past key historical landmarks on a journey of 141 years of Everton’s history and finished in Stanley Park, overlooking Goodison.
The ‘If You Know Your History’ run will raise vital funds for The People’s Place, Everton in the Community’s fundraising campaign to build and develop a purpose-built mental health facility to support anyone in times of need.
Former Blues star Gareth Farrelly is a keen supporter of Everton in the Community and took part in the run alongside his wife and son Alex. Speaking at the finish line he said: “It’s been a really well-organised event, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the charity and it’s great to see so many people out and supporting the plans to build a specialist centre for mental health issues.
“At Everton we are fortunate to have a special history and to be able to tap into that with today’s run is one of the most important things as well as encouraging the conversation around mental health.”