Search continues for missing Briton

Search and rescue teams continued to scour Mount Taygetos in the southwestern Peloponnese on Monday, over a week after runner John Lawton went missing on April 8 during the Taygetos Challenge 2012, near Kalamata.

Lawton, aged 62, from Alsager in Cheshire, has not been seen since the latter stages of the competition after his name was ticked off at the fourth check point along the route, which features a tough terrain of gorges and sheer drops.

“Everywhere is still being searched thoroughly, it’s just such a vast area and we’re hoping to use the helicopters again to reach some of the spots we can’t get to,» the experienced runner’s wife, Lynda Lawton was quoted by the BBC as saying.

“We’re just getting so desperate, we’re trying to keep each other going and I’ve had so many messages of support via Facebook and text messages from friends at home.”

The British Embassy in Athens is also assisting with the search.