THE body of Team GB runner Chris Smith has been found in Perthshire after he went missing on Tuesday, October 27, the devastated family said he died “doing what he loved”.
Earlier in the week, it was reported that the father-of-two had gone missing whilst on a run during a family holiday and that search teams had been deployed in order to find him.
Sadly, the body of the Team GB runner was found at around 11.50am on Thursday, October 29, near Meall Garbh in the Glen Lyon area.
The tragic news was confirmed in a statement by Chris Smith’s family:
“On behalf of the entire family, we are devastated to let you know that Chris has lost his life in Glen Lyon.
“He was doing what he loved having spent the previous days having the most special time with Lindsay, Cameron, and Alastair.”
The experienced runner lived in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and was a member of Thames Valley Harriers.
A tweet from British Athletic read: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Smith, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland mountain runner. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chris Smith, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland mountain runner.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. pic.twitter.com/vQNJqj90Ix
— British Athletics (@BritAthletics) October 30, 2020
Fellow Team GB member Sarah Tunstall said: “It is hard to put into words, his infectious enthusiasm for the sport and impact that would have on inspiring the team and individual athletes.
“He was a true gent, selfless teammate and fantastic athlete who always left everything out there on race day.”
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