A GRUELLING charity challenge designed to be as tough as a Royal Marines Commando recruitment test has raised more than £12,790 for COPS and The Royal Marines Charity.
The COPS 30 Miler saw 24 participants march 30 miles across the rugged Northumberland countryside with a loaded backpack weighing 32 pounds – about the same as a breeze block.
Organised by two police officers, Inspector Simon Guilfoyle of West Midlands Police and Inspector Lee Gosling of Northumbria Police, the event was supported by the Royal Marines and raised funds for Care of Police Survivors (COPS), which supports the families of police officers who have died in relation to their duties, and The Royal Marines Charity.
The challenge, which took place in September 2017, also attracted the attentions of celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty, who featured the marchers on their programme Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, aired last month.
Inspector Guilfoyle said: "The COPS 30 Miler closely replicates the Royal Marines commando test march and is therefore one of the most physically gruelling load-bearing events out there. Those who took part will have trained over many months and deserve a huge amount of credit for just taking that first step across the start line.”
Inspector Gosling added:“As serving police officers, we already had strong links with the charity COPS. Both Simon and I have been involved in incidents where COPS has provided huge support to police families. We knew very early on that this was the focus of our fundraising.
“Our close relationship with the Royal Marines (current and former) and their incredible support for this annual event meant The Royal Marines Charity was another obvious choice. The 2017 COPS 30 Miler raised a fantastic amount of money for these two great causes, and we hope to better this each year.”
Chief Executive of COPS, Richard Kotulecki, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the COPS 30 Miler –their efforts ensure we are able us to continue our work supporting the families of officers who have lost their lives on duty. It is an absolutely fantastic achievement.”
The Royal Marines Charity would like to thank the brilliant participants of the COPS 30 miler, who have as a result of their endeavours, helped serving and former members of the Royal Marines who have found themselves in hardship, either though injury or illness, resulting from service. Funds raised will also help us to assist those leaving the Royal Marines and finding work.
Potential participants are now being asked to register their interest in the next COPS 30 Miler, being held on Saturday 29th September 2018. Places are limited to 50. If interested, send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org