A new 5k running event in memory of the 96 Liverpool football fans who died in the Hillsborough tragedy was launched on Sunday (13 April). The event, co-organised by BTR Liverpool, is called Run For The 96 5K and is scheduled to take place in April 2015 in Stanley Park.
Run For The 96 is the brainchild of Dom Williams, who created the Hillsborough-Anfield Run. The challenge, now in its third year, sees a small team of runners from across the country come together to complete 96 miles over three days between Sheffield and Liverpool.
Especially for 2014, the running team of five have reversed the challenge to start from the Hillsborough Memorial Eternal Flame at Anfield. During the event’s three years, the group have raised funds for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Hillsborough Justice Campaign, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital Sheffield.
Looking ahead to the race, Dom commented: “We are delighted to be working with BTR Liverpool to organise and host next year’s Run For The 96 5K race as a way of staging an event to engage people for them to participate in and remember the 96 fans lost. And we are delighted to have the support of the Hillsborough families to stage such an event.”
BTR Liverpool race director Alan Rothwell is happy to support the new event and has planned a provisional 5k route. The proposed run will start and finish in Stanley Park, taking in the Hillsborough Memorial Eternal Flame on Anfield Road, Arkles Lane, and Priory Road.
The date for the 5k has yet to be confirmed but is expected to be mid-April (the date will be announced in the coming months, subject to football fixtures).