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 Officers help raise £20,000 for charity with Royal Marine style 'yomp'

 24/09/2019

​Officers from Durham Constabulary have helped raise more than £20,000 for charity with a challenge which pushed them to their limits.

The group tackled the Cops 30 miler – a military grade Royal Marine test march– which saw them “yomp” across the rugged Northumberland countryside, whilst carrying over 32lbs in a backpack.

The officers were among 36 men and women who set off early on the morning of Saturday, September 14 with 26 successfully completing the course in times ranging from nine-and-a-half hours to 11 hours.

The challenge closely replicates the final commando test that Royal Marines recruits must complete to earn the coveted Green Beret.

DCI Lee Gosling of Durham Constabulary, and fellow serving officer Inspector Simon Guilfoyle, of Staffordshire Police, jointly set the event up in 2016.
So far more than £20,000 has been raised for the Royal Marines Charity and the Care of Police Survivors (COPS), but the exact figure is yet to be finalised.

DCI Gosling, who completed the course for a third time, said: “£20,000 is an incredible amount of money for two extremely worthy charities. We are still receiving donations and we are so grateful for all the support.

“Everyone really embraced the event and gave it their all. I might have done it before but it certainly doesn’t get any easier, it was as intense and challenging as ever.

“The event pushes you to your mental and physical limits but it was great to see everyone working as a team to support each other to ensure they did the best they could.

“It was a fantastic day and we have had some incredible feedback from those taking part. We are already planning for next year and we are inviting expressions of interest now.”

The money raised this year brings the amount raised for the two charities since it began to more than £60,000.

Anyone still wishing to donate should visit justgiving.com/campaign/cops30miler2019

Organisers are now accepting expressions of interest for next year. The date of the event will be confirmed in due course. To get involved email admin@cops30miler.org