A HUDDERSFIELD woman is facing the challenge of a lifetime as she gears up to run the Edinburgh Marathon.

Lynne Tyson, 47, usually sits at a desk writing online guidance for websites.

But on May 23 she will be putting on her gear and running 26.2 miles to raise money for Arthritis Research UK.

Lynne said: “I’ve never run this sort of distance before.

“I did a half-marathon a few years ago and thought I was going to die. Now I’m getting into serious training and am running five times a week – and eating lots of pasta – but I still think I must be mad.”

Lynne, a category manager for HM Revenue and Customs, used to live at Taylor Hill, Huddersfield, but now lives in Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds.

She has already completed a 20-mile training run and is now working up to the big 26.

The hard work will all be worthwhile for Lynne if she succeeds in raising money for Arthritis Research.

Lynne’s mum Shirley Mellor started to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis when she was still in her 30s and was crippled by the disease, finally passing away at just 54.

She said: “Despite the unbearable pain, she always had a smile on her face and an interest in everyone and everything.

“She constantly pushed herself to do as much as she could – even if she suffered the day after.”

Lynne added: “Work colleagues and regulars in my local are being generous and I hope that other people in my home town will sponsor me if they can.

“Even a few pounds can make a difference and means that Arthritis Research UK can continue their tireless work into finding the cause of this debilitating disease.”

You can sponsor Lynne by visiting her online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/lynnetyson