The COPS 30 miler is a 30 mile, load-bearing ‘yomp’ across rugged Northumberland countryside, with participants running alongside Royal Marines commandos. The event was founded in 2016 by Simon Guilfoyle and Lee Gosling, both serving police officers, who have secured official endorsement and logistical support from the Royal Marines. The aim of the event is to closely replicate the famous 30 mile yomp across Dartmoor that Royal Marines recruits must complete as the final commando test at the end of their training.
As the only load-bearing event of its kind where participants run alongside serving Royal Marines, the COPS 30 miler is as close as it gets to the real thing and aims to raise significant funds for the Care of Police Survivors charity (COPS), along with the Royal Marines Charity. All proceeds are shared equally between the two charities, with funds raised to date exceeding £60K.
Due to COVID19 we have unfortunately had no option but to postpone the 2020 COPS 30 Miler, however a date has been set for 2021 event (subject to the ongoing impact of COVID restrictions). You can read more information regarding this here.
You can view short promo videos of the 2017 edition here and here, put together by participant John Hodgson. The event was also featured on the Channel 4 TV programme, Jimmy and Jamie’s Friday Night Feast – a short clip can be viewed here.
For more information, please see the ‘Health Warning‘ page and Q&A sections of this website. Photos from previous editions can be viewed on this page. You may also wish to follow the official COPS 30 Miler twitter account or join our Facebook group.