Volunteers take on 30-mile ‘yomp’ to raise money for COPS

Posted on August 22, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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EIGHTEEN hardy volunteers have taken on a 30 mile ‘yomp’ through Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills to raise money for Care of Police Survivors.

Organised by serving police officers Lee Gosling and Simon Guilfoyle, the volunteers set off on Saturday 20 August from the tiny village of Kirknewton, at the northernmost tip of the Northumberland national park, laden with 30lb backpacks.

They then spent 30 miles running alongside Royal Marines Commandos, up and down hills, through fields, across streams, over barbed wire fences, and along farm tracks.

The aim of the event was to closely replicate the final test undertaken by Royal Marines recruits before receiving their coveted COPS and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Lee and Simon wanted to create a challenge that was unique, as well as both physically and mentally demanding.

The route, logistics and medical support were planned by RMR Scotland: Tyne Detachment, led by Captain Andy Dyer. Approximately 30 Marines were directly involved during the day, running alongside participants and setting the pace while navigating, and monitoring progress and safety.

Over the full duration of the course, apart from overcoming brutal terrain and physical exhaustion, participants climbed over 5,000 feet – almost one and a half times the height of Mount Snowdon.

Of the 18 participants who started, 10 completed the full 30 miles, two were withdrawn by Captain Dyer due to injury and six reached their personal limits and had to step down. Everyone gave 100% and rightly feels proud of what was achieved.

Captain Dyer commended all who took part, saying, “Whether or not someone managed to complete the full 30 miles, it is a real achievement to carry that amount of weight, at that pace, across such extreme terrain and in such horrible weather.”

Participant John Turner said: “It will be great to see this event go from strength to strength each year. Big thanks to fellow ‘yompers’ for making it a great day. I thought the Marines were fantastic – their professionalism and support was outstanding.”

So far, around £4,000 has been raised, but you can still show your support for the COPS 30 Miler via this link – http://bit.ly/2bb9kOz. Please ensure you mark it ‘COPS 30 Miler’ to ensure the funds are allocated to the event total.

For more information about the COPS30Miler and the charities it supports, see the official website – www.COPS30Miler.org

If you are interested in taking part in the 2017 COPS 30 miler, you can register your interest now by emailing admin@cops30miler.org

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