Legacy 5K fun run to remember Rhys Jones returns in August

Runners, joggers and walkers are invited to take part in the second annual Run For Rhys 5K, which takes place in Croxteth next month.

Run For Rhys celebrates the life of Croxteth youngster Rhys Jones.

The 5K fun run is on Sunday, 26 August, 2018, and takes place in the grounds of Croxteth Hall and Country Park.

The event also includes a 1 Mile run at 11am, which is followed by the 5K at 12pm. There is no lower age restriction to encourage families to take part.

The event provides a platform for participants to remember Rhys, and to also raise much-needed funds for the Rhys Jones Community Centre to help the community hub continue its vital work in the local community.

Following the 1 Mile and 5K fun runs, the event will continue into the afternoon with stalls, entertainment and fun activities for all the family including arts and crafts, and sports demonstrations.

The Rhys Jones Community Centre first opened in August 2013, and its main focus is to raise aspirations, give hope and strengthen community unity in Croxteth.

Its key focus areas with young people are building enterprise, business and leadership skills; inspiring change; raising aspirations; and improving health and well being.

Ongoing programmes include youth work; workshops covering music, literacy, cookery, dance, recycling, and arts and crafts; and school holiday activities.

Karen Harper, a director of the Rhys Jones Community Centre, said: “We are delighted to officially announce the second annual Run For Rhys 5K and 1 Mile fun runs. Last year’s incredible turn-out of 700 people to celebrate Rhys’ life and remember him through something fun and sporty was extremely touching for everyone involved, including Rhys’ parents Mel and Steve.

“This year, we’re extending the event into the afternoon with lots of fun activities planned. The Rhys Jones Community Centre is a vital and much-needed hub in the Croxteth community – so please come and join us for what promises to be a special legacy event in Rhys’ memory.”

Register for the 5K or 1 Mile at http://www.btrliverpool.com/run-for-rhys

Fun run registration fees pay to stage and deliver all aspects of the event, including race numbers, T-shirts and medals.

Everyone who takes part will receive a bespoke specially designed technical running T-shirt, available beforehand so it can be worn for the run. All finishers will also receive a commemorative medal.

A virtual run option is also available for anyone unable to take part on the day but would still like to be part of the event.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise for the Rhys Jones Community Centre. Sponsor forms are available or donations can be made online and direct to https://localgiving.org/charity/rhys-jones-community-centre-cic/


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