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Man prepares for Bromsgrove to Liverpool run in memory of Hillsborough
Updated 10:08am Monday 28th April 2014 in Local
Craig Farrell preparing for his 96 mile run from Bromsgrove to Liverpool. Buy this photo Ref. BCR181403_01 at bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk/pictures or call 01527 889027.
A LIVERPOOL FC fan is preparing to undertake a 96 mile run from Bromsgrove to Liverpool in memory of the 96 Liverpool fans that died during the Hillsborough disaster.
As well as running in memory of those who lost their lives in the tragedy, Craig Farrell, 26, will be running for two charities; Birmingham Children's Hospital and the Steven Gerrard Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children.
The lifelong Liverpool FC supporter, who lived in Bromsgrove for many years, said he wanted to raise as much awareness as possible for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, which fights for justice for the people who died during the tragedy.
"I am too young to remember what happened but my dad and my uncle, who was at the game when it happened, have told me a lot of stories. Now it is the 25th anniversary of the tragedy it seems fitting to do something in their memory," he said.
He also said he wanted to raise as much money as possible for his chosen charities as helping children was something that was close to his heart.
Mr Farrell will start his run on Wednesday, August 13 and hopes to complete it over four days, running 24 miles each day.
The final mile will bring him past Everton's Goodison Park through Stanley Park and towards Liverpool's Anfield ground.
"I've never done anything like this before so I have been doing a lot of training in preparation for the run. It's more of a mental challenge than a physical one and the thing I'm most nervous about is not if I'm able to finish the run, it's not raising enough money," added Mr Farrell.
To donate, visit Craig's charity page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigFarrell. Regular updates on his progress can also be found at his blog: runforthe96.wordpress.com.