The COPS 30 miler is a 30 mile, load-bearing ‘yomp’ across rugged Northumberland countryside, with participants running alongside the Royal Marines. The event is the idea of 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.
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. 2018 will be our third year, with successful editions being held during the summers of 2016 and 2017.
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.
The 2018 COPS 30 Miler will be held on Saturday 29th September 2018. All 50 places have now been filled, although we are currently populating a no-obligation reserve list in case of drop-outs – you can find more information here.
For more information, please see the ‘Health Warning‘ page and Q&A sections of this website. Photos from the 2017 and 2016 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.