The 2019 Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon will be a step into the unknown for Brazilian beginner Carlos Bernardo Jr.
From Sao Paulo to Yorkshire, Brazilian running rookie to Yorkshire Marathon maestro, Carlos Bernardo Jr will take another step into the unknown on Sunday 20th October; he likes doing that.
Carlos made a life-changing decision in 2015. At 33-years-old he left his home in one of the biggest cities on Earth to move 6,000 miles across the globe – by himself.
“I left all of my friends and family behind to start a new life in the UK and it was a complete shock,” he explained. “Brazil is all I had known for my entire life.”
Carlos relocated to start a new role for a digital design company and once he started to settle into his new surroundings, decided to try something he had seen was quite popular.
“Moving here from Brazil you really notice how much British people run,” said Carlos. “It’s one of the things that Brits seem to do and Brazilians don’t tend to. Joining a local running club and just getting involved has really helped me feel part of a community that I never really knew existed.”
As part of his training, Carlos will run a number of 10Ks and half marathons throughout the year, including the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon and Leeds 10K in his adopted home town.
The Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon will be the pinnacle of a challenge he started last summer, when he had never tried running before.
“I was overweight, not doing any sport and couldn't even finish 5K,” he continued. “Now I feel like a different person, have really improved my health and lost 15kg.
“I feel so motivated to keep running in my routine. It is still quite hard for me to run long distances so I'm challenging myself with training for the Marathon, but it is something I love doing.”
In addition to his own goals, Carlos also runs in support of his local mental health charity Mind, which as he explains is something that means a great deal to him.
“I have colleagues and friends that struggle with mental health issues and have seen some of the great work that Mind does to help them. It is different in Brazil, there isn’t as much support – I think it’s great that the UK is making people more aware but there’s still work to do. I hope I can raise £1,000 for Mind by the time of the Yorkshire Marathon.”
Carlos’ fundraising can be supported at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carlosbernardojr2 where you will find more information about his challenge.
For more information about the Yorkshire Marathon go to www.runforall.com.