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Police inquiries continue over the death of cyclist

Kate Burge

Kate Burge

Police say inquiries are continuing into a fatal collision that claimed the life of talented athlete Kate Burge.

Kate, 41, who worked in the physiotherapy department at Noble’s Hospital, was in a group of three cyclists when her bike was involved in a collision with a Range Rover close to the village shop on the main road in Kirk Michael on August 4.

Kate, who lived in Agneash, was originally from Staffordshire and moved to the island nearly three years ago after taking up her post at Noble’s.

Before she moved to the island, she was a member of the Stafford Harriers running club.

An update on the club’s website said it understood there will be a memorial service for Kate on the Isle of Man and her funeral will take place in Stafford, although it was not yet confirmed when these will be.

Club chairman Pete Burns said: ‘I knew Kate very well and she was such a lovely young woman.

‘I am absolutely devastated by news of her death and so are other members of the club. She was an unbelievable athlete and enjoyed competing in races across Staffordshire before moving to the Isle of Man. She was liked by everyone who met her and she was held in great esteem by everyone here at Stafford Harriers. She will be sorely missed by all of us.’

A statement on the Harriers’ website reads: ‘A local girl, Kate joined the Harriers in 1994 and was a runner of national renown. She was an accomplished fell runner and tri-athlete. She was held in high esteem by all who knew her.’

The opening of her inquest on Monday heard she had died from chest and spinal injuries.

 

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