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Search for Alsager runner John Lawton in Greece continues

John Lawton and wife Lynda, pic courtesy of trailproject.gr
Image caption Alsager runner John Lawton went missing during an off-road race in Greece on 8 April

Volunteers searching for a missing runner in Greece have said they remain "positive" despite a second attempt to find him so far proving unsuccessful.

John Lawton, 62, from Alsager, was last seen in an off-road race near Kalamata, in southern Greece in April.

Nine people from Cheshire Search and Rescue returned for a second time to the country on Friday.

The team said they covered a vast area of "unforgiving terrain" on Saturday, in temperatures of up to 44C.

A spokesperson said the search included olive groves and river beds around Aghia Sofia.

The six-day search has been funded thanks to an online campaign , which has now raised more than £16,500.

During the last hunt in May, rescuers found discarded energy gel packs which DNA analysis later showed had been used by Mr Lawton.

A spokesperson said the team members "remain positive" and are doing everything they can to find him.

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