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Last weekend, officers from Northumbria police took on the 30 miler, a challenge often reserved for Royal Marines recruits in the final stage of their training.
The ‘COPS 30 Miler’ has raised funds for the Care of Police Survivors Charity (COPS), alongside The Royal Marines Charity. This brilliant event is the brainchild of Simon Guilfoyle and Lee Gosling, who are both serving Police Officers. All proceeds are to be split equally between the two charities.
The intense challenge mirrors the infamous 30-mile ‘Yomp’ across Dartmoor that all Royal Marines recruits must complete before being awarded with the coveted Green Beret. Each member of the team carried up to 40lbs of kit in their Bergen. Additionally, participants were accompanied by Royal Marines combat medics, with a support vehicle following the group as they progressed through the route.
I'm proud to see Northumbria officers stepping up to such a big challenge in aid of two incredible serviceperson charities.
"They have trained incredibly hard for this alongside their regular officer duties, which is no mean feat.
"The funds we've raised will go towards helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty as well as supporting service and veteran marines."
Chief Inspector Lee Gosling, Northumbria Police - Speaking to ITV News
"At the tender age of 16 I joined the Royal Marine recruits but it proved to be too much and I left not long after the first field exercise.
"I have often wondered whether I would be able to complete the 30 mile yomp and when the opportunity came up I decided to get to grips with it.
"I trained by packing my bag with 8 bags of flour each weighing 1.5kg, so after all that effort it's great to have reached the finish line and have raised a fantastic amount of funds for two worthwhile charities."
Sergeant Martin Hopps, Speaking to ITV News
The Royal Marines Charity would like to thank all involved with the COPS 30 Miler, including Northumbria Police & RMR Tyne. Learn more about the COPS 30 Miler, through this webpage.