Fifty cops to take on gruelling 30-mile challenge

 03/01/2019

FIFTY cops will put themselves to the test in a gruelling 30-mile challenge alongside Royal Marines.

The endurance race, coined “Cops 30 miler”, will replicate the infamous trek across Dartmoor that Royal Marines recruits must complete before being awarded their sought-after green beret. 

Participants will carry a loaded backpack weighing 32lbs - about the same as a breeze block, plus water and necessities and aim to finish in under 8 hours, making it no mean feat.

Serving and ex-serving policemen and women will set out to complete the load-bearing ‘yomp’ across rugged Northumberland countryside, making their way from Kirknewton, over the Cheviot Hills and crossing the finish line in Alwinton on September 14.

Officers will be raising money for the Care of Police Survivors and The Royal Marines Charity. A whopping £44,000 has been raised by from the event since it began in 2016.

The race is the brainchild of Durham Constabulary’s Detective Chief Inspector Lee Gosling and West Midlands Police Inspector Simon Guilfoyle, who have secured official endorsement and logistical support from the Corps Colonel's office.

DCI Gosling said: “Every year I am inspired by the effort, personal battles and triumph which characterises this magnificent event.

“It’s an unforgettable day of achievement and exertion, amidst the beautiful and unforgiving terrain of the Cheviot Hills.

“The amount of officers willing to step up to such a big challenge in aid of two incredible serviceperson charities is humbling. They are not athletes but have a grit and determination to be proud of. Training starts now.”

More than 35 officers have signed up so far. Places are limited to 50. Organisers are also interested in hearing from people who could volunteer and carry out duties such as marshalling. To apply for a place or to register your  volunteer interest please email admin@cops30miler.org