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article imageBody of British marathon runner found on Greek mountain

By Katerina Nikolas     Aug 17, 2012 in World
Kalamatas - The body of British marathon runner John Lawton, missing since April 8, has been found on a Greek mountainside. The runner disappeared whilst competing in the Taygetos Challenge race.
The body of the 62-year-old runner from Cheshire was discovered by two mountain walkers on Tuesday. He was last seen alive on April 8 when he passed the fourth check-point on the 21- mile mountain run.
The BBC reported a spokesperson from Greek volunteer service GAIA, which had carried out extensive searches for Lawton, said "He was found quite a distance away from checkpoint four on the race route, around four hours steady climb up a gorge."
Prior to the official search being called off the family of Lawton said “The search and rescue volunteers have been amazing and the goodwill has been unbelievable." They did however criticise efforts by the Greek authorities and the British Foreign Office.
The Taygetos mountain terrain where Lawton became lost is rough and difficult to conduct searches in.
Members of the Sandbach Striders running club to which Lawton belonged are planning to travel to Greece in September and lay a plaque in his memory.
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