Merseybeat legend Gerry Marsden MBE is the latest name to throw his support behind this Sunday’s (22 May) Run For The 96 5K. The event has been organised to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans who were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989.
The front man of Gerry and the Pacemakers, Gerry will be on hand on Sunday to cheer on the 2,000 participants as they walk, jog and run the 5k distance. The singer will take the stage alongside Hillsborough family members including Margaret Aspinall, plus Liverpool FC legend Alan Kennedy, Everton FC legend Pat Van Den Hauwe, and Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham MP
Gerry, who recorded a cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone in 1963 (a song which was quickly adopted as the anthem of Liverpool FC), commented on his involvement with the event: “I am delighted and proud to be supporting Run For The 96 5K in this very poignant year now the truth is out for the whole world to know after a 27-year fight for justice. It will be a real honour to stand alongside the runners, Hillsborough families and survivors on Sunday as we celebrate the lives of The 96.”
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 for the past three years. 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.
Before the run starts, both Liverpool and Everton club anthems – You’ll Never Walk Alone and Z Cars – will be played to highlight the solidarity of the red and blue sides of the city throughout the 27 years since the Hillsborough disaster.
The event is also supported by the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG). Last year, a number of families took part and HFSG chair Margaret Aspinall officially started the 5K and presented medals to the finishers.
Entries for the event will remain open until Friday 20 May. More information is available on the BTR Liverpool website.