Meet Dominic Williams – two days into three of running 76 miles for the 96

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If you’ve been following our Twitter feed recently, you’ll have heard about the team of Liverpool fans running 76 miles from Hillsborough in Sheffield, for 3 days, to arrive at Anfield on Saturday morning – all in the name of the 96 victims of Hillsborough in 1989. They are now two days into the three day ordeal and going strong.

This gruelling challenge sees the Reds fans battle a fiercely physical and arduous task, whilst raising money for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and Hillsborough Family Support Group.

We caught up with runner Dominic Williams shortly before they set off to hear how he’s getting ready for the run and what it means to him.

If you are inspired by what these men are doing, please donate at hillsborough-anfieldrun.co.uk. Thank you.

1. What is your name and where do you come from?

Dominic Williams, I am from Allerton, Liverpool

2. What was your first Liverpool game, and what are your memories of it?

My first game was Alan Hansen’s testimonial and we played England, my memory of it was that we won, think it was 3-2

3. Thoughts on the season so far, how the new signings are doing and hopes for the summer?

After what looked a promising start we seem to have been affected by hitting the woodwork so many times, we have missed Lucas in the middle and we need a goal scorer.

4. What inspired you to decide to run from Hillsborough to Anfield?

I had it in my mind to do a long distance run after watching Eddie Izzard do his 43 marathons in 51 days. I attended the Sunderland game that started our season and visited the museum beforehand, it was on leaving the museum and seeing the tile mosaic with the 96 names on that I got the idea.

5. How’s the training going? Are you on a strict diet?

All the training is done now, it is about just ticking over now until the big day, I eat pretty what I like but for the week building up to the run will take in a lot of high carb foods, so brown rice and pasta dishes with plenty of veg.

6. What part of the journey do you expect to find most gruelling and how will you cope with the challenges ahead?

The first day looks a nightmare, making our way over the Pennines will be very tough but I am confident the team will pull each other through. We have a good support team including two physios who will all help us through the challenges we will face.

7. The fight for justice for the 96 continues with recent new breakthroughs; how important is it that awareness is made of the families fight?

It is extremely important, we are hoping this run is successful on two counts. Firstly, that we raise money to help the families and those who still struggle to come to terms with what happened on April 15th 1989 and secondly that we give the fight for justice a push in the right direction.

If you are inspired by what these men are doing, please donate at hillsborough-anfieldrun.co.uk. Thank you.

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