Countdown is on for this year's Run For The 96

Liverpool FC fans are being encouraged to pull on their trainers and take part in a special 5k fun run in Stanley Park next week.

Run For The 96 returns for a third year on Sunday May 14, with the LFC Foundation an official charity partner of the event.

The event was created by Dom Williams in 2015 to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans who were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough tragedy on April 15, 1989. The day also remembers the families of the 96 and the survivors, who have fought tirelessly for justice with dignity.

The aim of Run For The 96 is to stage a community legacy public event as a positive way to remember the 96, while encouraging participants to fundraise for the official charities of both Everton and Liverpool.

Last year’s event raised £11,252.78, which was split equally between the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community.

This year’s event will again see Reds and Blues run side by side, starting from 9.30am. And new for this year is a one-mile fun run, with lots of family activities also taking place alongside the running events.

A third beneficiary joins the two football club charities this year to further strengthen the community aspect; Stanley Park Liverpool CIC is an organisation working to develop links between the park and the local community.

Run For The 96 has the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) chairman Margaret Aspinall, who attends each year.

Andrea Cooper, head of the LFC Foundation, said: “The LFC Foundation is once again delighted to be partnering this fantastic event. It’s a great to see the whole footballing community pull together to help raise vital funds for charity and of course to remember the 96. I’m dusting off my trainers this year and am looking forward to running alongside the Reds and Blues taking part.”

You can set up your own fundraising page, or make a charity donation here.

The Run For The 96 5k and one-mile entry fees pay to stage and deliver all aspects of the event. All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, a medal and goody bag.

Enter online at http://www.btrliverpool.com/run-for-the-96-enter or call into BTR at 82 Market Street, Hoylake.