The North Pennines region of northern England witnessed a tragic turn as the search for the missing London-based runner, Edward Catmur, culminated in the discovery of his body on New Year’s Eve. Catmur, a highly accomplished athlete, had embarked on a challenging run from Dufton to Cross Fell, the highest mountain in the Pennines, and Hartside Cross. Concerns mounted when no communication was received from the 40-year-old runner after 10 a.m. on December 31.

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Promptly, a search operation was initiated by the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, with support from Cumbria county police and a dedicated group of volunteers. The search, tracing Catmur’s intended route, commenced around 5:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

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Throughout the night and into the morning of New Year’s Day, the search persisted, employing various resources such as search dogs, drones, and aerial assistance from the Great North Air Ambulance and HM Coastguard helicopter. Eventually, a police helicopter located Catmur’s body around noon.


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Edward Catmur, renowned in the running world for his remarkable achievements, had clinched victories in events like the North Downs Way 100 and the Milton Keynes Marathon. He had also displayed remarkable tenacity in challenging races like the Comrades Marathon and the 106-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB).

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This devastating news has been communicated to Catmur’s family members, marking a somber conclusion to the search efforts.