29 Mar

Merseyside Joins Forces For Legacy Run

Wednesday's launch, image courtesy of Paul Francis CooperMerseyside will once again come together through running as details of 2016 edition of the Run For The 96 5K were confirmed during the event’s launch last week. The community legacy fun run, scheduled for Sunday 22 May, has been organised in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.

The launch took place at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, with the help of the event’s official charities the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community. Liverpool FC legend Alan Kennedy, voice of Anfield stadium announcer George Sephton and actor Kurtis Stacey all attended the launch and are keen to support the event for the second year.

Run For The 96 had a massive impact on the area last year with 2,500 competitors taking to the streets. Organisers also confirmed on Wednesday that £8,113.32 was raised in 2015.

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.

The event is also supported by the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG). Last year, a number of families took part and HFSG Chairman Margaret Aspinall officially started the 5K and presented medals to the finishers.

Margaret spoke about the significance of the event: “Last year’s Run For The 96 5K was a very special, memorable day. It was touching to see so many reds and blues stand side by side to remember The 96. I am delighted that so much was raised for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community, what a fantastic legacy which will help to support their marvellous work on Merseyside.”

Entry details can be found here.