Everton legends Duncan Ferguson and Joe Royle will be the special guests at the start line of the first Everton-themed 5K in October.
Everton in the Community [EitC] is partnering with race organisers BTR Liverpool to host the ‘If You Know Your History’ event which takes place on Sunday 13 October with a 9.30am start.
Former Blues centre-forwards Ferguson and Royle will start the runners on their 5K journey through 141 years of Everton Football Club’s history.
The race will give participants the chance to raise vital funds for The People’s Place, EitC's fundraising campaign to build and develop a purpose-built mental health facility close to Goodison Park to support anyone in times of need.
The event is open to all the family and welcomes both runners and walkers. It will begin at the 1787 Lock-Up Tower - which sits at the heart of the Everton crest - and on the journey to Goodison will take in the historical sites of the original Everton Toffee Shop and the former Queen’s Head Hotel where, in November 1879, St Domingo’s FC became Everton Football Club.
Competitors will then journey to the Sandon Pub on Oakfield Road - which became the Club’s second headquarters in 1884 – before passing into Stanley Park, where Everton first played in 1878, and moving towards Priory Road where the Blues were located for three seasons between 1881 and 1884.
Turning left in the park will lead participants towards Goodison Park, home of Everton Football Club since 1892, and a finish in view of the Sir Philip Carter Park End Stand.
Organised in partnership with BTR Liverpool, the ‘If You Know Your History’ event will feature various information points staffed by Friends of Everton Park and the Everton Heritage Society.
Entry costs £20 and includes race participation, a commemorative T-shirt and finishers medal. Competitors are encouraged to fundraise with all money going to The People’s Place which will see EitC develop a delivery site for the charity’s existing mental health programmes and enable signposting to other services.
Anyone who raises more than £50 for The People’s Place will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of Goodison Park stadium tour tickets or a signed Everton shirt.
The People’s Place will provide an overarching service to anyone, regardless of age, gender, location or football colours, to promote positive mental health and deliver support relating to suicide awareness and prevention.
Please note, the entry fee pays to stage and deliver all aspects of the event, including T-shirts, medals, race packs, road closures, and other resulting delivery costs. Participants are encouraged to fundraise.