Two selfless officers are urging people to give generously as they embark on a gruelling 30-mile challenge in aid of charitable causes.
Acting Sergeant George Pickford and Sergeant John Hodgson from Northumbria Police will this Saturday (September 14) take part in the Cops 30 Miler – a demanding load-bearing yomp taking them across the Cheviots.
The pair will be saddled with 32lbs of kit, food and water as they replicate the famous 30-mile Commando test across Dartmoor which Royal Marines must complete at the end of their training to earn their green berets.
And if that wasn’t challenging enough, the competitors are hoping to cross the finish line within eight hours of their 5am start time.
Sgt Pickford said: “This is without a doubt one of the most physically demanding activities I’ve signed up for but I’m really looking forward to getting out there and testing myself and raising money for some good causes in the process.
“Our chosen charities are Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and The Royal Marines Charity – two really important organisations.
“We’re hoping people will support us by giving generously, and also by familiarising themselves with the work both charities do. We’re hoping to finish the course in eight hours and really push ourselves to the limit and experience what Royal Marines Commandos put themselves through.”
Participants will be running alongside Royal Marines Commandos during the event which enters its fourth year and will use Clennell Hall in Alwinton, Northumberland as a base.
The event is carried out with the logistical support and guidance of the royal marines. Every participant has a just giving fund raising page.
You can see more info here https://cops30miler.org/2016/03/30/cops-30-miler-20th-august-2016/