A CHARITY run in memory of the 96 football fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough is planned to take place later this year.

The 5k 'Run For The 96' is a community legacy event to celebrate the lives of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster on April 15 1989.

The event also strives to remember the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity.

The run is planned to take place on Saturday, May 16 in Stanley Park – a fitting event location between the home grounds of Liverpool and Everton Football Club.

The 5K will start at 9.30am, followed at 11am by a 1 Mile fun run.

It will take runners through Stanley Park, along Walton Lane, Priory Road, Arkles Lane and Anfield Road, before passing the Eternal Flame on 96 Avenue at Anfield Stadium, where many runners pause to take a moment to pay their respects at the Hillsborough Memorial.

The course also runs alongside Goodison Park, to recognise the support given to the Hillsborough families by Everton Football Club.

The run continues to have the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG).

The event was first staged in April 2015 to honour and remember The 96 – and has since raised £25,000 for charity through its participants fundraising efforts.

This year's official beneficiaries are Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation; LFC Foundation; Everton in the Community; and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC. Together, they support the vision of creating a legacy event to honour The 96 while ensuring local communities benefit. BTR Liverpool organise and deliver the event.

Race director Alan Rothwell said: "Run For The 96 5K is a very special family friendly event. When we were asked to create a community legacy event to celebrate the lives of The 96 and remember their families and the survivors, we knew it would be something extraordinary.

"The event provides a platform for participants to honour The 96 while fundraising for incredibly important charities who provide vital outreach services in their communities.

"We look forward to welcoming everyone to the sixth annual Run For The 96 on Saturday 16 May – let’s make it a day to remember."

A virtual run option is also available to enable runners take part wherever they are in the world. Virtual participants are sent a race pack in advance which includes a race number, T-shirt and medal. Last year, 200 Liverpool fans virtually took part across the world.

To enter the run, visit https://www.btrliverpool.com/965k