Kielder receives support from sports star

Steve Cram at the Kielder Marathon launch 2015

10 August 2015

World Champion and Olympic medallist Steve Cram has shown his support for a top Northumberland visitor location.

Picture shows Steve Cram at the launch of this year′s Kielder Marathon weekend.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust launched its Friends scheme last year, to help protect and develop the facilities available at Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Now, Sunderland-born Steve Cram is the latest North East celebrity to become a Friend of the Park and support the work of the charity.

Steve, who founded the annual Kielder Marathon weekend in 2010, explains why Kielder is so close to his heart.

“Becoming a Friend of Kielder Water & Forest Park is a fantastic opportunity for me to share my passion for Kielder.

“The Park has always been my favourite place in the world to run and cycle, it’s right on my doorstep and it continues to be the perfect stage for the most beautiful running event in the country, Kielder Marathon.

“Thanks to its spectacular Northumberland setting, it’s no surprise the popularity of the sporting weekend grows year on year, including the addition of the new Half Marathon this year, and it’s important we look after this special location.”

Lynn Turner, Director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that Steve has become a Friend because he’s a real ambassador for the Park.

“Kielder Marathon weekend offers a real destination event that the whole family can get involved in and every October we see visitors from across the country arriving to take part, helping to boost the rural tourism of Northumberland.

“It’s vital the Trust continues to invest in enhancing the visitor experience; increasing the number of visitors to the Park and supporting the local economy. The more people who join our Friends scheme the more we can develop the park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.”

From just £24 per year, Friends of Kielder Water & Forest Park will benefit from exclusive events, offers and promotions, as well as helping to look after and improve the Park through the money raised.

Since the launch of the Friends scheme last year, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust has led an initiative to improve facilities for people interested in stargazing and worked with its partners to progress plans to expand the Kielder Observatory. It has also developed the wildlife opportunities on offer for visitors.

Steve, who joins TV architect George Clarke and football legend Jack Charlton as celebrity Friends, added: “I’m delighted to support the Friends scheme because the Trust has already done so much in helping to create a fantastic range of opportunities for visitors to enjoy and I’m excited at the prospect of them expanding that work.”

Visitors can find out more about the Friends scheme and apply by visiting www.visitkielder.com/friends or calling 0845 155 0236.

For more information about Kielder Marathon, held at Kielder Water & Forest Park on 3 and 4 October 2015, see www.kieldermarathon.com.

For more information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.

Kielder Water and Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was awarded the number one tourism experience in England by Visit England 2013, and the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Together with Northumberland National Park, it was granted gold tier Dark Sky Park status in December 2013. For more information see www.visitkielder.com.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place. It aims to improve economic, social and environmental sustainability, provide public recreation and leisure facilities, facilitate education in all aspects of the natural environment and advance art and architecture in the Park. The Trust works with the range of communities to benefit from these activities.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder, Northumberland County Council and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.

Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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