Six Liverpool FC fans have organised a 76 mile run to Merseyside next month to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. The gruelling challenge will see the runners depart on April 12 from Hillsborough stadium intending to make their way to Anfield in time for Liverpool's match against Fulham on April 14.
The charity run will raise funds for the Hillsborough Family Support Group and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. Each of the runners, Neil Mitchell, Chris Dale, John Driscoll, Wesley Young, Earle Jackson and Dominic Williams, approach the challenge with their own personal associations and one - Earle Jackson - was present at Hillsborough when 96 fans lost their lives.
Supported by a nine-man team, including two physios, a press officer and a cycle-bound outrider, the six runners will start off by tackling the Trans-Pennine Trail and aim to cover 30 miles in the first day. Reaching Widnes by day two, the group are planning a 16 mile run through Liverpool itself, with Anfield the intended finishing point.
Campaign organiser Dave Williams commented: "I looked to see if it had been done before, and whether it was possible or not. I first thought that maybe it should be a 96 mile-run, but then decided to focus on running from Hillsborough to Anfield.
Dave, who only took up running last year, added: "I gave up smoking last May having been a 20-a-day man and have since done over 20 half-marathons and two full marathons. I'm on a personal journey and this is just the start for me."