CommunityRun For The 97 returns to Stanley Park for 2022

Published 12th May 2022

A community legacy 5K fun run to celebrate and honour the lives of the 97 supporters lost in the Hillsborough disaster will be held in the city later this month.

The eighth annual Run For The 97 takes place on Saturday May 21 in Stanley Park, the perfect setting located between Anfield and Goodison Park.

The event was first staged in 2015 as a positive community legacy event to celebrate the lives of the then-96 fans who passed away as a result of the events of April 15, 1989.

Run For The 97 will now also honour Andrew Stanley Devine, who passed away in July 2021 having sustained life-changing injuries at Hillsborough.

The event – which has raised more than £35,000 for charity since 2015 – last took place in Stanley Park in 2019, with the last two years seeing it being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Run For The 97’s official charity partners – LFC Foundation, Everton in the Community, Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation and Stanley Park junior parkrun – were all represented at the recent launch of this year’s event.

Everyone taking part in Run For The 97 is encouraged to fundraise or make a one-off donation, and all monies raised will be split equally between the four charities to support vital community outreach programmes. The online donation page is here

The entry fee pays to stage and deliver all aspects of the event, including run numbers, T-shirts and medals, and event-day facilities.

Matt Parish, chief executive of LFC Foundation, said: “It’s great to have Run For The 97 returning in person this year. We are proud to have been a part of this special event and a benefactor for eight years now. 

“The donated funds enable us to support more people in our local communities, which is more important than ever in these difficult times. I’d like to thank everyone involved in the event, whether volunteering or running, who help to make it such a success year after year.”

Published 12th May 2022