A DARTON man is hoping to raise £1,000 for Barnsley Hospice – by running the York Marathon in full Viking armour.

Paul Bedford, 57, is used to running long distances, but says he’s never faced a challenge quite like this one.

His wife Julie is currently attending sessions at the hospice, and Paul wanted to give something back to them.

He told the Chronicle: “I wanted to do something for Barnsley Hospice and I randomly said I’d run the York Marathon as a Viking.

“I’ll be doing it in full armour, with chains and a shield, on October 16.

“The sheer weight of it is unbelievable – just getting round will be an achievement so I’m not expecting a fast time.

“It’s been fun so far – I’ve got a £1,000 target and I’m currently at £700.”