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 Officers help raise £20k with Royal Marine-style challenge


​Officers from Durham Constabulary have helped raise nearly £20,000 for charity with a Royal Marine-style challenge.

The group tackled the Cops 30 miler, which saw them “yomp” across the rugged Northumberland countryside, whilst carrying over 32lbs in a backpack.

Organisers DCI Lee Gosling of Durham Constabulary, and fellow serving officer Inspector Simon Guilfoyle, of Staffordshire Police, have now revealed the final total raised reached a staggering £19,236.96.

The money will be split equally between the Royal Marines Charity and the Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

This is the highest amount raised in any one year since the event was launched in 2016.

The Durham officers were among 36 men and women who took on the gruelling military grade challenge back in September 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​ Gosling said: “When Simon and I set this event up back in 2016 we didn’t know how it would turn out so for us to be raising this kind of money is just incredible.

“We’re grateful that everyone whether it be those participating, the Royal Marines who run the event for us or the volunteers that help out on the day really embrace the event.

“It is an extremely intense and challenging event which pushes you to your mental and physical limits.

He added: “We are already planning this year’s event and anyone who would like to take part should get in touch.

“It is a fantastic day and one that is incredibly rewarding.”

This year’s event will see those taking part set off from Kirknewton, in Northumberland, on Saturday, September 12.

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