Merseyside’s blue and red football legends Graham Stuart and Alan Kennedy have put their allegiances to one side to support a new community running event to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.
Graham and Alan joined forces at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory – located in Stanley Park between Goodison Park and Anfield – to officially back the inaugural Run For The 96 5K, which will take place at 9.30am on Sunday, 19 April.
As well as enjoying friendly banter in the lead up to this weekend’s 224th Merseyside derby, the former players stood side by side and encouraged others to sign up for the Run For The 96 5K and raise funds for the charities.
The support of Graham and Alan follows the recent announcement that the official charity partners for Run For The 96 5K are Everton in the Community and Liverpool FC Foundation.
Run For The 96 5K is a new legacy running event encouraging participants to walk, jog or run as they remember the fans lost, their families and the survivors. The route takes in Stanley Park, with Goodison Park and Anfield as the backdrop.
The fun run has the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and T-shirt.
Participants are invited to fundraise for Everton in the Community and Liverpool FC Foundation, the charitable arms of the city’s two football clubs to enable them to continue their fantastic work across Merseyside. This is a key part of the event’s commitment to ensuring that local communities benefit from the legacy run. All funds donated or raised will be split equally between the two charities.
Speaking at the event, Graham Stuart said: “I feel extremely privileged to be able to represent Everton at the inaugural Run For The 96 5K. I am sure it will be a fantastic event which hopefully the whole city will get behind, both blue and red, as we unite to raise money for our two great charities.”
The event is the brainchild of Dom Williams, a Liverpool fan who has staged the three-day Hillsborough-Anfield 96-mile team running challenge for the past three years.
Dom is working with race organisers BTR Liverpool, to plan and deliver the event.
BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for race events in Liverpool City Region, its portfolio includes the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash and BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K.
BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell added, “Everyone signing up to take part has the same goal – and that’s running to remember the 96. It doesn’t matter which football team you support, we know that everyone will run as one on the day. We’re extremely grateful to Graham and Alan for their support.”
Run For The 96 5K entry fee is £20 (£22 online). Find out more at www.BTRLiverpool.com or www.hillsborough-anfieldrun.com where people can enter online; download an entry form; download a sponsor form; or make a donation direct to the joint charity fund via Virgin Giving.