A RETIRED Keighley teacher is tackling the Yorkshire Marathon to raise money for Dementia UK.

Phil Lynch, 70, is taking part in the 26.2-mile run – at York – on Sunday, October 17.

He has set-up an online fundraising page, at justgiving.com/fundraising/philip-lynch5.

“Dementia is an illness which is very much in the news nowadays,” says Phil, who was at Holy Family School for 36 years. He taught history and was head of the sixth form.

“We know someone who first had signs of dementia in her mid 60s and over the past few years the condition has got progressively worse. I’m aware people have their own favourite charities, but any donation would be much appreciated by Dementia UK.”

Phil is a park run enthusiast, completing over 240 at 90 different locations including America, New Zealand and Eire. He completed the London Marathon in 2006, has taken on the Great North Run several times and recently ran the Leeds Half Marathon.