Kate McCann taking part in the Run Liverpool Festival of
KATE McCann thanked the people of Liverpool for their continued
support after completing a 10km race in Sefton Park.
The Anfield-born mum was cheered by watching crowds as she ran
wearing a shirt with a picture of missing daughter Madeleine printed on
Last week the McCanns marked the fifth anniversary of the
disappearance of Madeleine who vanished while the family were on holiday
Kate took just over 45 minutes to complete the course with
childhood friend Nicky Gill.
Watching on was husband Gerry who earlier completed the men’s
10km and twins Sean and Amelie.
After finishing the race in a top with “Never Give Up2 on the
back Kate said: “It was great to be able to take part. It was a lovely
“We always get so much support when we are back home and people
were cheering and the children were clapping, it gives you that extra
“We always have great support. Every time we are in Liverpool we
leave with a big boost.
“Thanks to everyone at the ECHO and to everyone in Liverpool.”
Hundreds of runners enjoyed the glorious sunshine in Sefton Park
as they took part in the Run Liverpool Festival of Running.
Races held on the day included a men’s 10km, a women’s 10km and
5km and a children’s one mile fun run
Ex-Brookside actress Suzanne Collins and Craig Phillips, the
winner of the first Big Brother, were ambassadors for the festival which
was held in support of Claire House Children’s Hospice.
Craig, from Seaforth, said: “It’s a huge event and it was all
about Claire House, a local charity which does an amazing job for
“I think when it’s local like that and it’s children involved
it’s always close to everyone’s heart.”
The event attracted a series of Sefton Park 10km veterans.
Keen runner Ian Russell from Garston was looking forward to the
He said: “I do it every year. I have been doing it since they
started and it’s brilliant.
“I love it. It’s always great and the people cheering you on
really does help and gives you a good boost.”
Halewood-based Paula Need said: “It’s fantastic. This is the
third year I have done it.
“It’s always a good race and has a good atmosphere.”
Tony Langan, area fundraiser for Claire House, was grateful to
the runners supporting the event and the children’s charity.
He said: “We would like to thank the runners that have trained
hard and worked hard to raise money for us. It’s really important that
we get the support in Liverpool as so many of our families are from this