Around 2,500 competitors took to the streets of Liverpool on Sunday (19 April) for the inaugural Run For the 96 5K in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy. The new community legacy fun run started finished in the city's Stanley Park, located between Liverpool and Everton's football grounds, Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park.
Run For The 96 5K is the brainchild of Liverpool fan Dom Williams, originally from Liverpool but now living in the South West. Dom has organised the mammoth three-day Hillsborough-Anfield 96-mile team running challenge for the past three years. This year, Dom changed the format by introducing the new 5K community legacy fun run as a way of engaging the wider community.
He said: “The first Run For The 96 5K has been an outstanding success and it will definitely be bigger and better next year. When I first had the idea three years ago, I wanted to create something positive for The 96, a legacy to engage the wider community – and I feel that’s exactly what we have achieved. Everyone’s feedback has been fantastic and this is something we can definitely build on.
Melanie Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, spoke of the event and its potential: “I’m very proud to be here – and I hope to take part on a yearly basis. It would be wonderful if this event could grow and in five years’ time who knows where we could be.”
Les Dennis commented: “It’s such an exciting and memorable day to honour The 96. I’m so proud to be here and be part of it.”
The online giving page is still available here. For more details or to donate direct to the joint charity fund visit Virgin Giving.
Image courtesy of James Stratford Photography
See below for a video from the day: