Sheffield runners ready for epic charity race

Dedicated: Runners warm up for the Hillsborough memorial charity event in aid of Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Dedicated: Runners warm up for the Hillsborough memorial charity event in aid of Sheffield Children's Hospital.
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RUNNERS will be racing ahead on an epic 96-mile trek next month - all in aid of sick children in Sheffield.

The three-day race starts at Hillsborough Stadium before finishing at Liverpool’s Anfield football ground and is taking place in memory of the 96 fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

And fundraisers will be getting a helping hand from pop royalty, as Melanie Chisholm from the Spice Girls has signed up for the last leg of the run for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

As well as Melanie - who attracted the nickname Sporty Spice in her group’s heyday - boxer David Price, BBC radio presenter Spoony, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and ex-footballer Peter Reid will be joining the runners on April 6.

Event organiser Dominic Williams said: “We’re humbled by the support that people have given so far.

“We all know times are tight for everyone at the moment, but we’re asking people to give whatever they can – no matter how small – as every penny goes to helping sick children.”

Melanie said: “I’m really looking forward to joining these guys as they complete their incredible run. To raise money for children’s charities while running in the memory of Hillsborough – something close to my heart – makes it extra special.

“Running 96 miles in three days is a phenomenal achievement and something I’m glad I’m not doing personally! But I’m pleased to be able to lend my support by crossing the finishing line with them.”

Funds will also go to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Merseyside. Visit www.anfield-hillsboroughrun.com to donate, or email dom@hillsborough-anfieldrun.com to take part in the run.