Run for the 96: Hillsborough victims to be honoured in charity 5K on Sunday

20 May 2016

Thousands will take part in the annual 5k Run for the 96 at Stanley Park on Sunday.


Run for the 96, an annual event organised by Dom Williams, will take place between Anfield and Goodison Park on Sunday morning, set to kick off at 9.30am.

Familiar faces including Gerry Marsden MBE, George Sephton, Alan Kennedy and Andy Burnham MP will be in attendance, with 2,000 expected to run, jog or walk the 5k around Stanley Park.

Marsden will join members of the Hillsborough families, including the chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Margaret Aspinall, on stage to cheer on those taking part, with renditions of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Z Cars’ to be played before the run.

Fundraisers will be on hand to collect donations for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community, with last year’s event raising a combined £12,169.98. Further donations can be made here.

Williams will be among those taking part in the 5k, rounding off an 80-mile run from Hillsborough to Anfield to begin on the previous day.

Joining Williams in this mammoth feat is Steve Kelly, a Hillsborough justice campaigner who lost his brother Michael in the tragedy on 15 April, 1989.

Speaking ahead of the event, Kelly hailed Marsden’s contribution, and urged members of the public to join the cause.

“The lyrics of You’ll Never Walk Alone have brought the Hillsborough families and survivors so much comfort during the last 27 years,” Kelly said.

“So to have Gerry Marsden join us on Sunday is going to make Run For The 96 even more memorable during this momentous and historic year.

“We know we’ve never walked alone in our fight for justice.

“Seeing the runners stand side by side in their commemorative red and blue T-shirts is very emotional—their togetherness, support and unrivalled solidarity.

“It’s a real sight to behold, and only in Liverpool. Come and join us and let’s make this a day to remember.”

Online entries at www.btrliverpool.com are open until close of play on Friday (20 May).

Or you can enter in person at the BTR office at 82 Market Street, Hoylake, Wirral. BTR will be open on Saturday (21 May) between 10am and 2pm for final entries.

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