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Funeral for fell runner found dead in peat bog

Bill Smith
Image caption Bill Smith was renowned for his writings on the sport of fell running

The funeral of an acclaimed fell runner who was found dead in a peat bog has taken place in Liverpool.

Bill Smith, 75, was found at Saddle Fell in the Trough of Bowland, Lancashire on 1 October.

The service was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Derby.

Mr Smith, of Everton, was renowned for articles on fell running and his book Studmarks On The Summit - A History Of Amateur Fell Racing 1861-1983.

Rev Sandra Trapnell, who conducted the service, said: "Bill was a quiet and modest man, but achieved great things.

"Bill's family have been amazed by the tributes paid to him, and the affection and esteem he was held in by the fell running community."

Mr Smith was recently elected Honorary of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers in recognition of his service to the club and the sport.

Lancashire Police said they believed he may have fallen into the bog and his body lay undiscovered for up to three weeks.

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