Marketing and business development director of HPP and running enthusiast Dan Mounsey is set to run The Saddleworth Peaks, twice in one day, for charity.
He is one of a 10-strong team from Oldham-based board, door and accessories manufacturer and distributor for the KBB industry, taking part in the event.
However, he is the only team member planning on running the 15-mile circular route and doing it twice.
The Saddlworth Three Peaks challenge is part of HPP’s support for Mahdlo Youth Zone, a hub dedicated to young people from all over Oldham aged 8 to 19 years, and up to 25 for those with a disability.
It involves just under 3,000ft of climbing and means Mounsey will be completing a distance equivalent to more than a marathon with almost 6,000ft of ascent and descent.
This summer’s three peaks challenge is one of several fundraising events Mahdlo organises to fund its mission to provide opportunities for young people.
HPP was one of Mahdlo’s founding patrons, when the youth zone launched in 2012, and recently raised £354 for the charity by taking part in a grey and yellow (Mahdlo’s corporate colours) fundraising day.
Dan Mounsey commented: “When we met with the Mahdlo team recently it was really eye-opening how their role in the community changed post pandemic and now with the cost-of-living crisis.
“They’re not just a dedicated youth zone, they’ve become a full family service with their warm hub and everything else they do, and it inspired me to do something to help.”
It’s not the first time HPP has entered a team into the fundraiser, with a seven-strong team raising £750 when they took part in 2019.
Dan Mounsey commented: “I aim to set off early and hope to get a good distance done before the main body of walkers take to the route, but I’m hoping to finish around the same time as everyone else, especially the rest of the HPP team, so we can all celebrate together.
“I won’t be looking to set any speed records, but I’m used to endurance running, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Having started running during the first COVID lockdown, Mounsey completed a 50k (30 miles) off-road, ultra-trail challenge for charity two years’ ago.
Raising money for a mental healthy charity, in memory of his mother, he completed the run in 6 hours and 19 minutes, finishing 35 out of 91 finishers.