Liverpool Football Club star Jamie Carragher will be among the participants at tomorrow’s (12 May) Run For The 96.
The Bootle-born former player, who was part of the winning squad when the team last won the European Cup Final in 2005, will be joined by his dad, Phil Carragher on the 5K starting line.
The annual Stanley Park event first took place in 2015 as a positive way to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who died in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989.
The event also remembers the families of the 96 and the survivors, who have continued to fight for justice for 29 years.
The Run For The 96 5K, which starts at 9.30am, will also be accompanied by a one-mile fun run at 11.15am.
Other participants will include Reds’ favourite Alan Kennedy, former Emmerdale actor Kurtis Stacey, original Big Brother winner Craig Phillips, firefighter and ‘Milk Tray Man’ Patrick McBride, and football impressionist Darren Farley.
Meanwhile Margaret Aspinal, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) who lost her 18-year-old son James in the tragedy, will walk the 5K course for the second year; and HFSG secretary Sue Roberts, whose 24-year-old brother Graham died at Hillsborough, will be running for the fourth time.
Steve Kelly from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, who lost his 38-year-old brother Michael, will be joined by his dog Justice Jimmy has he also joins the run for the fourth year.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell says: “This Saturday more than 1,000 runners will join Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher, Margaret Aspinall and other special guests on the start line to celebrate the lives of The 96.
“Stanley Park will be a sea of red and blue, standing side by side – it’s a very special sight. Come and join us as we run to remember.”
Alongside the running there’ll also be a range of family attractions hosted by Everton in the Community and the LFC Foundation, including penalty shoot out and ‘beat the goalie’ games, and Bouncy Castles Liverpool and Fans Supporting Food Banks will be in attendance.
Funds raised during the event will go to Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, Everton in the Community and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC.