BODY FOUND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MOUNTAIN RUNNER CHRIS SMITH


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BODY FOUND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MOUNTAIN RUNNER CHRIS SMITH

THE GB INTERNATIONAL WENT MISSING WHILE RUNNING IN THE PERTHSHIRE PEAKS ON TUESDAY

A body has been found by police searching for GB international mountain runner Chris Smith, who had not been seen since he went for a run in Perthshire on Tuesday afternoon.

The member of the Thames Valley Harriers club, who was on holiday with his wife and two sons, left Invervar to run the Chris Meall nan Aighean, Carn Mairg, Meall Garbh and Carn Gorm mountains.

Tayside Police said in a statement released on Twitter this afternoon: “We can confirm that around 11:50am today the body of a man was found near Meall Garbh in Glenlyon. Formal identification has yet to take place but the family of missing man Chris Smith has been informed. Enquiries are ongoing and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Mountain Rescue England & Wales had led a search in the area. Meanwhile, an appeal to raise funds to continue the operation was launched by fellow GB international Marc Scott.

Chris finished eighth in the European Mountain Running Championships and 10th in the World Mountain Running Championships. He also placed top-three at the UK Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships.

His brother-in-law Billy Milligan had yesterday posted a message on Facebook pleading for any information. He wrote: “Chris is an experienced fell runner and Dad to two boys who are missing him so much. He went out to run Meall nan Aighean, Carn Mairg, Meall Garbh and Carn Gorm yesterday (Tuesday 27th October) at 3pm, leaving from Invervar, and should have been back around 5pm. He may have become disorientated and ended up further afield.”

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