Managing Director

Pennine Events was formed in 2002 by managing director and sports enthusiast Mark Sandamas. Mark has worked in event management and marketing for nearly 30 years, with experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

He has led the growth of the company that now stages events throughout the UK and Europe, including major roles on the last two Tour de France events staged in the UK, Event Director of the National Road Race Championship, Tour de Yorkshire starts and finishes, Light up Lancaster, Under and Over the Mersey, and the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool.  

Mark is also the MD of Coast to Coast Packhorse, the leading provider of walking, cycling and running holidays over the famous route devised by Alfred Wainwright.

Every year sees Mark also take on a few personal sporting challenges. In recent years this has included running the Coast to Coast, twice cycling the 256-kilometre Tour of Flanders sportive, Ride London in 3hr 47min, cycled Land’s End to John o’ Groats – 1000 miles in 10 days and the London Marathon in 2hr 46min at the age of 50!

His non-business interests include being a voluntary Mentor on the Aspiring Leaders Programme and Learning Group Facilitator for Common Purpose.