A FORMER teacher made redundant when her Sheffield school shut down without warning has turned her passion into a new career.
Runner Carla Gibbons, aged 29, had just started teaching geography and PE at Brantwood School, a private girls’ school in Nether Edge, when it closed in February 2010, after bank bosses said it was no longer viable.
However, Carla turned the situation around and has set up her own business training runners of all abilities to achieve their goals.
Carla, of Ranmoor, Sheffield, said: “When Brantwood closed, I didn’t know what to do next.
“I did supply teaching for a while, but never managed to settle and decided to take a chance on turning something I love into a business.”
“I wanted to turn my love for fitness and the outdoors into my career.
“Keeping fit can make a difference to people’s quality of life, health and confidence.
“I love helping people achieve their goals and offer a range of training from gym-based sessions to runs outdoors – Sheffield offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor training with lovely parks and the Peak District.”
The Totley Athletics Club member – who has been running since she was at school and has completed four marathons – said: “Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself to go out running alone, but we all deserve to look good and feel great, have more energy and reduce our stress levels.
“I want to offer people guidance, motivation and support to get started with running and achieve their goals.
n To find out more, visit www.trainwithcarla.com