Mr Belfield's  body was found near Crag Hill

Mr Belfield's body was found near Crag Hill

Police have named the fellrunner whose body was found after a major search at the weekend.

Brian Belfield, 63, of Leek in Staffordshire, was taking part in the Buttermere Sailbeck Fell Race on Sunday and was reported missing after he failed to return to his lodgings.

Cockermouth and Keswick Mountain Rescue Teams and search dogs and handlers mounted a search involving 50 volunteers which was suspended at 3am on Monday.

The operation resumed four hours later with extra help from Penrith, Wasdale and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Teams and fresh search dogs.

The crew of a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer spotted Mr Belfield’s body between Sail and Crag Hill at 9.43am and winched it aboard.

Mr Belfield, a painter and decorator, was a member of the Staffordshire Moorland Athletics Club.

Mr Belfield’s family and the coroner have been informed.

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