This year Colin McGinty would have turned 40 years old. To honour his memory and to raise awareness about knife crime, his family and friends are taking on the challenge of running a half marathon.

Laura Hughes and her family know the immense impact that losing a loved one to knife crime can have. At just 21 years old, Colin McGinty was fatally stabbed, in what police have confirmed was a case of mistaken identity. To this day, this loss is something that his family and friends struggle with.

It has been 18 years since Colin tragically lost his life. Colin would have turned 40 this year, and to mark this milestone birthday, Laura, along with her family and friends, will partake in the half marathon at this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon, to help raise awareness about knife crime.

What started off as a team of four, has now grown to over seventy people, all of whom are now taking part in the half marathon on May 26th - many whom have never taken part in sport before. The No More Knives campaign has gained widespread support, including from celebrities such as football manager and king of the jungle Harry Redknapp, Liverpool FC legends, Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher, Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent and Greater Manchester’s Night time Economy Advisor and Parklife Festival Founder Sacha Lord.


Laura has stated that “knife crime is at an all-time record high” and alongside her family and friends, Laura said that “there is a risk that these stories become part and parcel of our daily news” and that we cannot allow “knife crime headlines to become normalised” in our day-to-day lives. By running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon, Laura and her team want to honour Colin’s memory in a way that will raise awareness of the knife crime epidemic.

Laura admits that the sport gene completely missed her and so training for the half marathon has been a positive challenge for her. By starting and finishing some weekend training runs at the cemetery where Colin’s grave is, each runner, who is raising awareness for the No More Knives initiative, can understand the reality of knife crime.

The No More Knives campaign is so important as the victims of knife crime seem to keep getting younger and younger. Knife crime not only impacts the lives of the victim and their loved ones, but it also greatly effects the family and friends of those who have been convicted of knife crime. The money that is raised for the No More Knives campaign, at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon, will be utilised to support those children who have been and could be affected by crimes.

It has taken Laura and her family a very long time to come to terms with what happened to Colin. By running in The Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon, Laura and her family will continue to keep Colin’s memory alive and honour him by raising awareness for No More Knives campaign. Our Rock ‘n’ Roll Race Director, Dean Smith, is “honoured that so many runners are taking part in this campaign to remember Colin McGinty” and he is very pleased that Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon is “able to help build awareness and support the No More Knives campaign”. 

Laura and the all those running in memory of Colin McGinty will be joining thousands at the 6th edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & ½ Marathon on 25-26 May. Entries are still open for all distances; marathon, half marathon, 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run. Runners are encouraged to sign up soon with less than 1000 places remaining for the half marathon. The race features live bands on every mile of the course, what is widely considered the best medals in the UK and a free headliner concert featuring Toploader.

Online registration for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & 1/2 Marathon closes on May 19th.




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