Runners will come together this Sunday (11 May) for what will be an emotionally charged affair to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Hillsborough at BTR Liverpool's Run For The 96 5K. This year marks three decades since the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989.
The 5k, since being established five years ago, has become a community legacy event and 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.
The Run For The 96 5K starts at 9.30am and will see participants depart Stanley Park before taking in Walton Lane, Priory Road, Arkles Lane and Anfield Road, before passing the Eternal Flame on 96 Avenue at Anfield Stadium, then heading back into Stanley Park towards the finish line.
Reds and Blues will stand by side as football club anthems, Liverpool FC’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and Everton FC’s Z Cars are played, followed by a minute’s applause to remember The 96.
The 5K participants will cross the start line to the sound of The Justice Collective’s cover of The Hollies’ classic He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – the song which unites Liverpool and Everton and shows the solidarity of the Red and Blue sides of the city.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell commented: “Run For The 96 5K is a very special event. We were asked to create a family-friendly community legacy event to celebrate the lives of The 96, while remembering their families and the survivors. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hillsborough so we want to make the event extra memorable.
“Instead of the 5K runners wearing Liverpool’s Red or Everton’s Blue, everyone will run in the same colour for the first time. Purple was chosen to represent a combination of the city’s footballing colours to show solidarity and empathy. Everyone will run as one this Saturday.”
Online entries close at midday this Thursday (9 May). Limited entries will be available on the day. Full details can be found here.