Run For Rhys. Murdered Schoolboy Remembered 10years After His Death.

The football club young Rhys Jones idolised supported a new legacy fun run event to celebrate the life of the Liverpool youngster yesteday.

This week marked 10 years since 11-year-old Rhys tragically lost his life on 22 August 2007. A day the city will never forget.

Everton Football Club, which has openly supported the Jones family, is now publicly backing the inaugural Run For Rhys 5K, which took place yesterday (27 August) at Croxteth Hall and Country Park.

Rhys was shot walking home from football training in Croxteth, after innocently being caught in the cross-fire between two rival gangs.

A decade on, the Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC team are keen to create a new positive legacy event in Rhys’ name as part of the centre’s focus to raise aspirations, give hope and strengthen community unity in Croxteth.

Rhys’ parents, Mel and Steve Jones, who live in Croxteth, also supported the special day and joined participants on the start line to take part.

Everton Football Club last week staged its own special tribute to Rhys at Goodison Park, when fans participated in a minute’s applause during the 11th minute of the game when the Blues faced Hajdk Split in the Europe League play-off first leg. Images of the young football fan wearing his beloved Everton shirt appeared on the ground’s large screens during the applause.

First team defender Leighton Baines is supporting Run For Rhys, alongside Everton Football Club Ambassadors Ian Snodin, Graham Stuart and Graeme Sharp.

Everton in the Community volunteers  lent a hand as well as cheering on runners. They were joined by Everton Ambassador Ian Snodin and former manager Joe Royle, who cheered on participants.

Everton Ambassador Ian Snodin commented:

“Everyone at Everton was deeply affected 10 years ago, upon hearing about the passing of Rhys Jones, and it’s a heartbreak which is still felt by the City of Liverpool. The Jones’ will always be part of the Everton family and we’d encourage all football fans to take part in the upcoming fun run. No matter of your age or ability there is a run for you to enter.

“Sport exists for us all to enjoy and, if we can use it to make a difference in the local community and honour Rhys’ memory, then that’s really special.”

As well as the 5K, there was also a 1 mile and 3K fun runs. There is no lower age restriction to encourage families to take part – walk, jog or run.

The Jones family’s heartbreaking story has recently been portrayed through the ITV drama series, Little Boy Blue.

Rhys’ parents Mel and Steve Jones also put on their running shoes to take part – the 3K distance for Mel, and the 5K for husband Steve.

Little Boy Blue actor John McGrellis also represented the Little Boy Blue cast and crew on the day, and took part in the 1 mile fun run.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, also attended. Runners included Merseyside Police officers and firefighters from Merseyside Fire & Rescue.

The Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC are working with Merseyside’s leading independent race event organiser BTR Liverpool to organise and deliver the fun run day.

Fun run registration fees pay to stage and deliver all aspects of the event.

Everyone taking part in the 1 mile, 3K or 5K received a specially designed technical running T-shirt.  All finishers will also receive a commemorative medal.​

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The medals

Clipper Vessels Arrive In Liverpool Ahead Of Round The World Yacht Race

Ten years since Liverpool last held the race, 12 yachts arrive in Liverpool.

The biggest round-the-world ocean race will return once again start in Liverpool.  The vessels will return to Liverpool in 12 months time, once the race finishes in Derry, Ireland.

The race attracts thousand of people to see the beautiful vessels lined up in the iconic Albert Dock and the public can even go on board some of the vessels ahead of Sundays (20th August) race start.

The world-famous race will see twelve 70-foot modern racing yachts be sailed by 700 amateur crew members from more than 40 countries – making it the biggest ocean race to circumnavigate the planet.

This year’s edition of the 40,000-nautical mile event will mark the fourth time that Liverpool has hosted the event, having previously played host for the 2002-03, 2005-06 and 2007-08 races.

Legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world in 1968-9 and founder of the Clipper Race, said: “We are thrilled to announce that the Clipper Race is returning to the historic city of Liverpool.

“A significant site for UK maritime history, I fondly remember the warm reception we received when Liverpool last hosted the Clipper Race and am looking forward to returning to Albert Dock again this August.”

He added: “The Clipper Race has grown enormously in number of participants, yacht entries, economic influence and media value since it was last hosted by Liverpool a decade ago and we are looking forward to putting on an even bigger show in the city this time, which will not just have significant local economic impact, but will also put a maritime spotlight on the city all around the world.”

The eleventh edition of the Clipper Race, the only event of its kind for non-professional sailors, will visit six continents and include six ocean crossings.

The Clipper 2017-18 Race will return to Liverpool’s Albert Dock in Summer 2018 following its global route which will include stopovers in South America (port TBC), Cape Town, Western Australia (port TBC), Sydney, Hobart, East Coast Australia (port TBC) Sanya and Qingdao – China, Seattle – USA, Panama, New York, and Derry Londonderry – Northern Ireland.

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Clipper Vessels arriving in the Mersey / Canning Dock

BTR Port Sunlight 6th Annual 10k and 5k race.

The 6th Annual BTR Port Sunlight races were held once again on a hot sunny day in South Wirral yesterday.

The two-race event is staged in the heart of the picturesque village of Port
Sunlight in Wirral, with the race routes taking runners round the tree-lined
The BTR Port Sunlight Village Road Race is organised in conjunction with
Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT), with sponsors Unilever supporting the race
day for a fourth year.
This is the sixth consecutive year of the event, which features a 5K race and
two-lap 10K followed by a children’s 1K fun run.
Unilever is sponsoring the race day as part of its brightFuture campaign. One
of the company’s goals is to help a billion people around the world improve
their health and well-being by 2020.

A team of 85 runners from Unilever will take part in the 5K, 30 of whom have
successfully completed the Couch To 5K running training programme – using
lunch breaks and after work training runs to prepare for the race.
Unilever is extremely proud of its history and heritage in Port Sunlight, where
company founder William Lever built his factory and village in 1888. The
company continues to have world class manufacturing, R&D and IT facilities
based here, along with a third of its UK workforce. Unilever’s brands include
household names Persil, Dove, Tresemme, Radox, Comfort and Surf.
Cameron Jones, Head of Unilever Port Sunlight, commented:
“Unilever is delighted to be supporting the BTR Port Sunlight Village Road
Race for a fourth consecutive year. As a global brand with our roots firmly
established in Port Sunlight Village, we feel this is a perfect way to show our
commitment to the village while encouraging people to get fit and active.
Good luck to everyone taking part, including our own Unilever team who have
taken on their challenge with real determination.”
The 5K race started at 10am, followed by the 10K race at 11am.
All finishers received a technical T-shirt, commemorative medal and goody bag
which includes items from sponsor Unilever, as well as complimentary entry
into the Port Sunlight Village Museum.

The event welcomes runners of all abilities – those taking part in their first 5K
or 10K; fundraisers; as well as those chasing a new personal best. Last year’s
event saw three new course records being set – showcasing the excellent
standard of the race, course and running.

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Rock N Roll Marathon Half and Full Marathon Has Record Numbers.

The Liverpool Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon attracted more than 20,000 runners to the event this year.

The participants hit the city streets for Sunday’s full and half marathons, a one mile fun run and also for Saturday’s 5K race.

And many international runners joined those from Merseyside who had signed up to pound the streets.

The routes took in Liverpool ’s world famous waterfront, Chinatown, Sefton Park and Merseyside’s two Premier League football grounds.

The half marathon began just after 9am and the full marathon at 10.10am at Salthouse Dock.

It was a lovely hot day for the race, maybe a little to hot for some people.

Rock stars Republica headlined the music on the main stage at 2pm, singing some of the fave hits incl. “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Ready to go”.


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Run For The 96 2017

The third annual Run For The 96 5K took place today in Liverpool’s Stanley Park, situated between Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park.

The overall aim of Run For The 96 is to remember and celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans, who were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989. Run For The 96 5K also remembers the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity.

The Race started at 930am, followed by a new 1 mile race at 1115am.  Participants were invited to raise money for charity for Liverpool’s, Liverpool Foundation and Everton’s, Everton In The Community.

Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) Margaret Aspinall has supported and attended Run For The 96 since it was first introduced in 2015. This year Margaret will took part for the very first time.

Margaret will be joined by Liverpool actor Michael Starke, fondly known as TV favourite Sinbad in iconic Channel 4 soap Brookside. Together, Margaret and Michael walked the Stanley Park 5K course. Michael attended Run For The 96 for the first time last year and was keen to get more involved.

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), commented: “Run For The 96 is a fantastic way to bring the community together in a positive, active way to remember The 96. It is a lovely tribute and a very special legacy. Everyone in Liverpool deserves credit in our fight for justice and I am extremely proud of my city. After cheering everyone on for the last couple of years, I am excited to take part this year and experience the wonderful atmosphere first-hand.”

LFC legend Alan Kennedy returned to run the race again aswell as Liverpool’s Stephen Smith, the boxer, Ex-Emmerdale actor Kurtis Stacey, Milk Tray Man Patrick McBride, original Big Brother Winner Craig Philips, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Deputy Mayor Of Liverpool, Cllr Ann O’Byrne and local personality Speedo Mick.

Reds and Blues stood by side as football club anthems, Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and Everton’s Z Cars were played, followed by a minute’s applause to remember The 96.

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96 banner

Liverpool Homeless Games 2017

The Homeless Games took place today at Wavertree Sports Centre.  The Games was officially opened by Deputy Mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne. Games the competitors took part in were, pool, darts, football, badminton, tennis, basketball, quick cricket and mini golf.

The initiative, which was founded in 2009, aims to bring together those who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion, in order to provide a platform that unites them through sport and companionship.

Competitors played regardless of ability or skill.

In partnership with Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool-based retailer Healthy Foods Online, the games will also offer participants and the public with advice on health, education and employment. Using the games as a platform to improve the health and wellbeing of homeless people, to increase their feelings of self-worth and allow them to feel a sense of pride for what they have achieved on the day, both in sport and personal progression.

Organisers of the Olympic Games, Eric Houghton and Steve Barton said:

“The Homeless Games alone cannot make the difference. It is only through working together that we can change lives. We need everyone to play their part, whether you’re a support worker who can champion the Homeless Games within your organisation or and organisation who could support the day.“

With the successful sounds of the Rio Olympics still ringing in our ears, there is little wonder why the 7th Homeless Games is set to be the most exciting and biggest yet.

For pics of Day 1 see link below:-

Group shot before the match started


Day 2 pics:-

Team Wales

Liverpool Half Marathon and 10mile Race 2017

This weekend saw the 24th Annual Liverpool Half Marathon take place in Liverpool.  The race organised by BTR and sponsored by Vitality took place in the sunshine of the world famous Liverpool Waterfront.  The race seen over 5,000 competitors run.  Many of the runners raced for a variety of charities.

The race included a slighty shorter 10 mile race included.  The 10mile race was won by Mark Dunham for the males with a time of 0.54.18 and Sarah Carroll for the females with a time of 1.06.46.

The half marathon was won by the Dejene Gezimu with a time of  1.05.52 and the ladies race was won by Michelle Nolan with a time of 1.19.36.

Liverpool legends Gary McAllister and Ian Rush were on hand to have photo’s taken and officially start the race.

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Nearly race time