A host of well-known names including Coronation Street actor Les Dennis and Andy Burnham MP have thrown their support behind this Sunday’s (19 April) Run For The 96 5K. The community legacy fun run is being staged to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.
It is expected that up to 2,000 participants will walk, jog or run as they remember the fans lost, their families and the survivors. The route takes in Stanley Park, with Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park as the backdrop.
Runners are asked to wear red and blue commemorative T-shirts, which are available beforehand. Prior to the start of the run at 9.30am, the crowd will be invited to take part in one minute’s applause as a mark of respect.
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. This year, the main run will be 79 miles over two days from Sheffield to Liverpool. The third day will see Dom and the team take part in the Run For The 96 5K.
Dom commented: “After 18 months in the planning, the week has arrived for the inaugural Run For The 96 5K. We genuinely cannot thank everyone enough for their support, especially our guest runners Les, Andy, Alan, Graham – and especially Melanie who was the first to show her support a year ago.
“It's going to be a very proud and special moment for us as a team when we stand on the start line alongside Hillsborough family members, survivors and over 2,000 runners for the very first Run For The 96 5K.”
Entries for the event are still open.