solicitor and self-confessed historical past geek is donning full Viking preventing gear to run the route of an 11th century march to lift money for a help group which helped his household.
Mr Bell is elevating money for the Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) Help Group.
He stated HSP – a genetic illness just like motor neurone illness which ends up in a relentless decline in motor perform, together with strolling – is a “horrid dysfunction”.
Mr Bell stated his father-in-law has the situation, which is inherited.
After that analysis, they realised his spouse, Becca, would have a 50/50 likelihood of growing HSP, together with their son Bertie now three, and their unborn child, who’s now their one-year-old daughter, Henrietta.
He stated the HSP Help Group was a large assist to the household, from South Milford, North Yorkshire, throughout the 10-week “agonising” look forward to Becca’s check outcomes.
“After we bought the excellent news, I promised to do one thing exhausting, involving my legs, to try to increase cash to assist them,” Mr Bell stated.
“And I don’t need to cease there, I need to keep it up.
“We’ll discover one other approach of elevating funds and staying concerned.”
Mr Bell stated he had at all times been involved in Viking historical past.
He stated: “I’m a geek, I’ve at all times appreciated historical past. Viking historical past is fascinating and isn’t actually taught a lot in school.
“It’s a extremely attention-grabbing interval of historical past. And I identical to Vikings. There, I’ve stated it.”
On Saturday September 11, Mr Bell will probably be operating with helmet, chain mail, axe and defend, weighing greater than 17kg.
“The axe is blunt however we’ve informed the police what we’re doing and bought against the law reference quantity in case anybody will get alarmed a few bloke operating spherical with an axe,” he stated.
The route follows that taken by the Viking reserve military who raced to the scene of the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 when King Harold’s Saxons shocked the primary physique of fighters.
Mr Bell stated he was nonetheless studying in regards to the interval after becoming a member of The Volsung Vikings re-enactment group earlier this yr.
Extra details about Mr Bell’s problem will be discovered at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomvikingrun.