News : British trail runner Chris Smith dies, missing while running

News : British trail runner Chris Smith dies, missing while running

Smith, center right, with the British ‘Trail Running’ team / Twitter / @ smithcj_5

Sad news, very sad, for the world of mountain racing and sports in general. Missing since last Tuesday while running through the Scottish town of Pertshire, authorities in the area have found the body of ‘trail runner’ Chris Smith. As announced by the ‘Trail Running Magazine’ portal, the police found the body on Thursday, two days after losing track of the 43-year-old runner, who was with his family on vacation in the area. A member of the ‘Thames Valley Harriers’ club, Smith reportedly set out through a well-known mountain area, the Meall nan Aighean, Carn Mairg, Meall Garbh and Carn Gorm peaks.

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“We can confirm that around 11.50am of the body of a man was found today near Meall Garbh in Glenlyon. Formal identification has yet to take place, but the family of missing runner Chris Smith has been informed. Consultations are ongoing and a report will be sent to the Public Prosecutor, ”Tayside police reported.

International with the British team

Chris was a well known and respected trail runner in British mountaineering. FHe finished eighth in the European ‘Mountain Running’ and tenth in the World Championships of the same discipline; In addition, he won the bronze medal at the UK Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships. His brother-in-law Billy Milligan posted a brief letter after the discovery of the body in which he explained the family’s grief. Earlier, he had appealed to report his loss: “Chris is an experienced runner and father of two children who miss him very much. He left Invervar at 3pm and should never have returned later than 5pm to complete the route. Perhaps he has become disoriented ”. Rest in Peace, Chris …

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