Kate to tackle the Kielder Marathon

Kate Cairns
Kate Cairns

County councillor for Longhoughton, Kate Cairns, will take part in the Kielder Marathon this weekend to raise money for the See Me Save Me campaign, founded six years ago in the wake of her sister Eilidh’s death.

Eilidh was killed by a tipper lorry while cycling in London.

Kate, an avid campaigner for road safety, now wants to reinvigorate the campaign and roll out the best practice starting to be adopted in the capital right across the country.

She said: “For the last two years, I’ve worked with industry leaders on raising awareness of this issue and in finding solutions. The result has been a ground-breaking new national standard to manage risk of construction HGVs, the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) scheme. We have done the hard work on designing the standard, now it needs to be adopted by every local authority and HGV operator.

“This is not just a London issue. One of the most common concerns I hear from residents is the growing proliferation of HGVs passing through their small rural villages, like Longhoughton, Lesbury, Eglingham and Powburn, and the risk the lorries pose. I am fortunate to be able to share my expertise with the county administration to do the best for Northumberland, but this is a national issue. Vehicles are not confined within counties.

“There are leading industry operators working in our county. We need to make sure safety measures are put in place across the whole industry to protect our residents and to aid HGV drivers to do a very difficult job.”

Kate, a keen runner, cyclist and avid promoter of active travel and fitness, entered the Kielder Marathon as a personal challenge, but now with the relauch of the See Me Save Me campaign, she wants businesses and supporters to sponsor her run and donate.

If you’d like to help, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/k-cairns