Saturday, 5 Dec 2020

Team GB runner Chris Smith reported missing in Perthshire

Search and rescue teams are looking a Team GB fell runner who has gone missing in Perthshire.

The family of Chris Smith have appealed to the public for help finding the 43-year-old, who has not been seen since setting off on a run from Invervar, near Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, at around 3pm on Tuesday.

He was aiming to tackle the Meall nan Aighean, Carn Mairg and Carn Gorm Munros, before returning at 5pm.

But his family, including his wife Lindsay and two children, became concerned when he did not return and called emergency services. They fear he may have ended up running further than planned.

His cousin Ruth McKee tweeted to say Mr Smith was an “experienced mountain runner” who “may have become disorientated”.

It is understood the family were on holiday in the area from their home in Haywards Heath, Sussex.

A search-and-rescue operation was launched involving mountain rescue teams, Police Scotland and the Coastguard.

Ms McKee said: “The whole family is so grateful for all the search-and-rescue team operations. We just want to make sure that no-one forgets Chris’s face.

“If you have seen anything in the area or anybody please contact Police Scotland.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers in Perthshire and mountain rescue teams are carrying out searches in the Glenlyon area following a report of a missing 43-year-old man.

“Chris Smith was last seen at around 3pm on Tuesday.

“Emergency services are being assisted in the searches by the Coastguard helicopter.”

Mr Smith has raced in multiple world and European mountain running championships, representing Great Britain in 2016.

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