The inaugural Run To Remember 96K Relay takes place along Seacombe Promenade this Sunday (6 May), marking the first of two special running events celebrate the lives of 96 Liverpool fans who were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989.
This Sunday’s event will see a keen group of runners embark upon the 96k relay, which amounts to approximately 60 miles. The team, brought together by Dom Williams, first completed a 96-mile route between Hillsborough and Anfield in 2012, and have since taken on mammoth distances between the two cities each year.
This time round, together with BTR race director Alan Rothwell, the new challenge has been created on home turf to encourage the public to get involved. Alan commented: “The Run To Remember 96K Relay is going to be quite a challenge for the team to cover in one day. The 96 kilometres will be dedicated to each of the Liverpool fans lost at Hillsborough.
Alan continued: “With that in mind, I am sure that when they clock up the distance and it starts getting difficult, remembering why they’re doing this will most definitely spur them on. Everyone is welcome to come along to Seacombe Promenade to take part and cheer on the endurance team. Support and encouragement will make a big difference on the day.”
The relay event is a curtain raiser to the fourth annual Run For The 96 5K and 1K Fun Run, which takes place the following Saturday (12 May). As with last year, the event will take place in Stanley Park – a fitting location between the home grounds of Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium and Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is supporting this year’s events and will be taking part in Run For The 96 5K with his dad, Phil, with the footballer’s 23 Foundation lending its support to the run. Jamie Carragher commented: “I am delighted the 23 Foundation has become part of Run For The 96.
“Last year we supported more than 1,100 families, food banks and other vital projects. Our aim is to help young people have a better life and encourage them to achieve their dreams. I’m looking forward to taking part in Run For The 96 5K with my dad. Celebrating the lives of The 96 is very close to my heart as a Scouser and former Liverpool player.”
Over three years, donations and funds raised through the Run For The 96 5K event has totalled £22,000 for good causes, Entry to the event is free, with donations welcome.