Jemma Simpson

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Club:Newquay & Par
Age Group:V35
Region:South West
Lead Coach:Mark Rowland2001-

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Domestic Championships Record
2000 – 1st AAA U17 Indoor Championships 800m, 1st AAA Junior Championships 800m
2002 – 3rd AAA Indoor Championships 800m, 1st AAA Junior Championships 800m
2003 – 3rd AAA Indoor Championships 800m, 1st AAA Junior Championships 800m
2005 – 2nd BUSA Championships 1500m, 2nd AAA Championships 800m
2006 – 2nd AAA Championships 800m
2007 – 1st Norwich Union World Trials 800m
2008 – 1st Norwich Union World Indoor Champs Trials 1500m, 2nd Olympic Trials 800m
2009 – 1st Aviva World Trials
2010 – 1st Aviva European Trials & UK Championships

Major Championships Record
Olympic Games – 2008 4h 800m
World Championships – 2007 6th sf 800m, 2009 5th sf1 800m
European Championships – 2006 6th sf 800m, 2010 800m 5th
Commonwealth Games – 2006 6th 800m, 2010 800m 5th

Other noteworthy performances
2000 – 1st Commonwealth Youth 800m
2001 – 8th World Youth Championships 800m
2002 – 4th World Junior Championships 800m
2003 – 3rd European Junior Championships 800m
2005 – 2nd European U23 Championships 800m

Coached by former Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medallist Mark Rowland, Jemma Simpson is noted for being a consistent athlete, particularly at major championships. Having been a very talented junior athlete, Simpson missed her first season as a senior with foot and hamstring injuries, but the Plymouth-born athlete returned in 2005 to win the European U23 silver medal and one season later, she maintained her record of making the final at every major championships, finishing sixth at the Commonwealth Games, before breaking the two-minute barrier for the first time.

Having made European and world semi-finals, Simpson moved up to 1500m for the 2008 indoor campaign, where she won the World Indoor Trials with a decisive final 200m and having benefited from working on strength in the winter, the Newquay & Par athlete reduced her lifetime best to 1:59.17 but made a disappointing exit in Beijing, where she could not progress through her heat.

In 2009 after good early season performances she went on to win the Aviva World Trials 800m in Birmingham and ran a pb of 1:59.07 at the Herculis Meeting in Monte Carlo. At the World Championships in Berlin, she was disappointed not to make the final exiting in the semi-final. She went on to record two more sub-2 minute performances in Madrid and Brussels and in the World Athletics Final in Thessalonika, Greece, she finished in seventh place. 2010 saw her reduce her PB to a classy 1:58.74 at the Herculis Meeting in Monaco and in all posted six sub-minute times during the season. After a comfortable victory at the Aviva European Trials and UK Championships she went on to finish a slightly disappointing fifth in Barcelona at the European Championships in a close finish. 2011 has started well after an early season victory over 1500m at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Melbourne clocking 4:08.49.

She has a degree in English from St. Mary's. Her mother competed for GB in the World Championships at karate.

Jemma's official website is at

Best known performances

Performances Submit
1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2017

2017 SEN Newquay & Par
10KDH38:3738:3868935Madrid, ESPSan Silvestre Vallecana Internacional 10K31 Dec 17
2015 SEN Newquay & Par
15004:16.7010AWatfordBMC Grand Prix27 Jun 15
1KXCL3:417L1EdinburghGreat Edinburgh XCountry (inc Scottish Inter-District)10 Jan 15
1M4:41252LondonCity of London Mile14 Jun 15
1M4:464:467SWLondonBupa Westminster Mile24 May 15
2014 SEN Newquay & Par
8002:01.5072Eugene OR, USAIAAF Diamond League Prefontaine Classic30 May 14
8002:02.2211Ostrava, CZEGolden Spike17 Jun 14
8002:02.547Madrid, ESPMadrid Meeting19 Jul 14
8002:03.7022Eugene OR, USAOregon Twilight9 May 14
8002:03.805h1BirminghamBritish Championships (Inc European Trials)28 Jun 14
10002:41.4710Amsterdam, NEDFlame Games22 Aug 14
15004:07.3751Eagle Rock CA, USAUSATF High Performance Distance Classic15 May 14
15004:08.941AWatfordBMC Gold Standard Races13 Aug 14
15004:09.275h2Hampden ParkCommonwealth Games28 Jul 14
15004:11.59i7BirminghamBritish Athletics Grand Prix15 Feb 14
15004:11.93i5h1Sopot, POLIAAF World Indoor Championships7 Mar 14
15004:12.181ASolihullBMC Grand Prix16 Aug 14
15004:12.939Hampden ParkCommonwealth Games29 Jul 14
15004:14.5515Hengelo, NEDFBK Games8 Jun 14
15004:14.68i1SheffieldBritish Athletics Championships8 Feb 14
15004:16.261Eugene OR, USAOregon Relays19 Apr 14
15004:16.60111Palo Alto CA, USAPayton Jordan Cardinal Invitational4 May 14
15004:17.81i4Emirates ArenaBritish Athletics International Match25 Jan 14
2013 SEN Newquay & Par
8002:03.491ABilbao, ESPReunión Internacional de Atletismo "Villa de Bilbao"21 Jun 13
8002:04.4611Portland OR, USAPortland Track Festival8 Jun 13
800L2:03.9L2Philadelphia PA, USAPenn Relays27 Apr 13
15004:08.51111Los Angeles CA, USAUSATF Oxy High Performance Meet17 May 13
15004:10.1213Ostrava, CZEIAAF World Challenge 52 Ostrava Golden Spike27 Jun 13
15004:15.872Eugene OR, USAOregon Twilight3 May 13
Mile4:37.96i#1I2Seattle WA, USAUW Invitational26 Jan 13
Mile4:39.96i#13I2Seattle WA, USAHusky Classic9 Feb 13
10KNAD38:4038:42123RichmondRichmond Running Festival 10K22 Sep 13
2012 SEN Newquay & Par
8002:00.724Lignano, ITAMeeting Internazionale di Atletica Leggera17 Jul 12
8002:00.976New York NY, USASamsung Diamond League9 Jun 12
8002:01.643s2Helsinki, FINEuropean Championships28 Jun 12
8002:01.788Brussels, BELSamsung Diamond League7 Sep 12
8002:01.879Berlin, GERISTAF Berlin2 Sep 12
8002:02.145Helsinki, FINEuropean Championships29 Jun 12
8002:02.1842Eagle Rock CA, USAOxy High Performance Meeting18 May 12
8002:02.292BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials23 Jun 12
8002:02.6122Dublin (S), IRLMorton International Games25 Jul 12
8002:03.337BirminghamSamsung Diamond League26 Aug 12
8002:08.321h2BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials22 Jun 12
15004:10.071ASolihullBMC Grand Prix21 Jul 12
15004:10.4611Eugene OR, USASamsung Diamond League1 Jun 12
15004:13.633Albi, FRADécaNation15 Aug 12
15004:18.202Eugene OR, USAOregon Twilight5 May 12
2011 SEN Newquay & Par
8001:59.595Berlin, GERIAAF World Challenge Meeting11 Sep 11
8001:59.593Zagreb, CROBoris Hanzekovic Memorial13 Sep 11
8002:00.6810Eugene OR, USASamsung Diamond League4 Jun 11
8002:00.699Crystal PalaceSamsung Diamond League Aviva London Grand Prix5 Aug 11
8002:01.536BExeterBMC Regional Races30 Aug 11
8002:02.211Tangiers, MARMeeting d'Athlétisme Moulay El Hassan18 Sep 11
8002:02.303New York NY, USASamsung Diamond League11 Jun 11
15004:07.532ABirminghamBMC Nike Grand Prix20 Aug 11
15004:08.491Melbourne, AUSIAAF World Challenge Meeting3 Mar 11
15004:10.296Los Angeles CA, USAUSATF High Performance Meet21 May 11
2010 SEN Newquay & Par
8001:58.742Monaco, MONHerculis IAAF Diamond League22 Jul 10
8001:59.181h3Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships27 Jul 10
8001:59.263Crystal PalaceIAAF Diamond League Aviva London Grand Prix14 Aug 10
8001:59.343Nottwil, SUISpitzen Leichtathletik Luzern8 Aug 10
8001:59.585Rome, ITAIAAF Diamond League10 Jun 10
8001:59.904Barcelona, ESPEuropean Championships30 Jul 10
8002:00.312Prague, CZEJosef Odlozil Memorial14 Jun 10
8002:00.574Berlin, GERISTAF IAAF World Challenge Meeting22 Aug 10
8002:01.139Brussels, BELIAAF Diamond League Memorial Van Damme27 Aug 10
8002:01.501BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. European Trials27 Jun 10
8002:02.883Hengelo, NEDIAAF World Challenge Meeting30 May 10
8002:03.732s1BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. European Trials26 Jun 10
8002:07.321h1BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. European Trials25 Jun 10
10002:39.701Eugene OR, USAOregon Preview20 Mar 10
15004:06.392Eagle Rock CA, USAOxy High Performance Meet22 May 10
15004:12.721Eugene OR, USAOregon Relays30 Apr 10
2009 SEN Newquay & Par
8001:59.074Monaco, MONHerculis Meeting28 Jul 09
8001:59.312AMadrid, ESPMeeting Madrid 20094 Jul 09
8001:59.402Brussels, BELMemorial Van Damme IAAF Golden League4 Sep 09
8002:00.575s1Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships17 Aug 09
8002:00.877Ostrava, CZEGolden Spike17 Jun 09
8002:00.997Thessalonika, GREIAAF World Athletics Final13 Sep 09
8002:01.081Crystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix24 Jul 09
8002:01.103Eugene OR, USAPrefontaine Classic7 Jun 09
8002:01.161BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. World Trials12 Jul 09
8002:01.582Carson CA, USAAdidas Track Classic16 May 09
8002:01.892AGatesheadAviva British Grand Prix31 Aug 09
8002:02.931Beaverton OR, USANike Mile28 May 09
8002:03.332h2Berlin, GERIAAF World Championships16 Aug 09
8002:03.582s2BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. World Trials11 Jul 09
8002:09.631h3BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. World Trials10 Jul 09
800L2:00.92L4Philadelphia PA, USAPenn Relays23 Apr 09
15004:12.881Eugene OR, USAOregon Twilight9 May 09
15004:19.531Tempe AZ, USAArizona State Invitational28 Mar 09
2008 SEN Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8001:59.171Milan, ITANotturna di Milano2 Jul 08
8002:00.372Jerez, ESPAndalucia Grand Prix24 Jun 08
8002:00.492BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials13 Jul 08
8002:00.564Ostrava, CZEGolden Spike12 Jun 08
8002:01.25i2BirminghamNorwich Union Grand Prix16 Feb 08
8002:01.276Zaragoza, ESPReunion Internacional Gobierno De Aragon31 May 08
8002:01.868Crystal PalaceAviva London Grand Prix26 Jul 08
8002:02.164h1Beijing, CHNOlympic Games15 Aug 08
8002:03.66i1CardiffIndoor City Challenge Semi-Final2 Feb 08
8002:06.141h1BirminghamAviva British Championships inc. Olympic Trials12 Jul 08
15004:11.17i6h2Valencia, ESPIAAF World Indoor Championships8 Mar 08
15004:13.99i1SheffieldNorwich Union Trials & UK Championships10 Feb 08
15004:16.42i9Stockholm, SWEGE Galan (Indoor Grand Prix)21 Feb 08
15004:25.87i1h2SheffieldNorwich Union Trials & UK Championships9 Feb 08
2007 SEN Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8002:00.183Crystal PalaceNorwich Union Super Grand Prix3 Aug 07
8002:00.194Lausanne, SUIAthletissima10 Jul 07
8002:00.472h4Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships25 Aug 07
8002:00.486s1Osaka, JPNIAAF World Championships26 Aug 07
8002:00.817Ostrava, CZEIAAF Grand Prix, 46th Zlata Tetra - Golden Spike27 Jun 07
8002:00.911SportcityNorwich Union British Championships inc. World Trials29 Jul 07
8002:01.162Rovereto, ITAQuercia EAA Meeting12 Sep 07
8002:01.177Zurich, SUIIAAF Golden League Weltklasse7 Sep 07
8002:01.234Don ValleyNorwich Union British Grand Prix15 Jul 07
8002:02.324Zagreb, CROIAAF Zagreb Grand Prix4 Jul 07
8002:02.911h4SportcityNorwich Union British Championships inc. World Trials28 Jul 07
15004:10.081ASportcityBMC Nike Grand Prix9 Jun 07
1M4:476GatesheadGreat North Run International Races29 Sep 07
2006 U23 Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8001:59.992Heusden, BELKBC Nacht van de Atletiek22 Jul 06
8002:00.492SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Championships16 Jul 06
8002:00.564Padua, ITAPadua, ITA1 Sep 06
8002:00.686Salamanca, ESPGran Premio Internacional Atletismo Diputación de Salamanca5 Jul 06
8002:01.116Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games24 Mar 06
8002:01.126s1Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships8 Aug 06
8002:01.397GatesheadBritish Grand Prix11 Jun 06
8002:01.553h3Gothenburg, SWEEuropean Championships7 Aug 06
8002:01.783s2Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games23 Mar 06
8002:01.8362Rovereto, ITARovereto, Ita30 Aug 06
8002:02.312BirminghamNorwich Union International20 Aug 06
8002:02.823Melbourne, AUSTelstra Grand Prix9 Mar 06
8002:02.832h4SportcityNorwich Union European Trials inc AAA Championships15 Jul 06
8002:03.41i3GlasgowNorwich Union Indoor International28 Jan 06
8002:03.492h3Melbourne, AUSCommonwealth Games22 Mar 06
8002:05.12i5SheffieldAAA Indoor Championships12 Feb 06
8002:05.7i1h2SheffieldAAA Indoor Championships11 Feb 06
2005 U23 Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8002:01.9032Zurich, SUIIAAF Golden League Weltklasse19 Aug 05
8002:02.521ASportcityBMC21 May 05
8002:03.151Gothenberg, SWEGothenberg, SWE14 Jun 05
8002:03.342SportcityAAA Championships inc. Senior Invitation10 Jul 05
8002:03.561ACrystal PalaceBMC Grand Prix6 Aug 05
8002:03.581h2Erfurt, GEREuropean U23 Championships15 Jul 05
8002:04.154Don ValleyNorwich Union British Grand Prix21 Aug 05
8002:05.022Leiria, POREuro Cup18 Jun 05
8002:06.162Erfurt, GEREuropean U23 Championships17 Jul 05
8002:06.281h3SportcityAAA Championships inc. Senior Invitation9 Jul 05
15004:20.22Glasgow (S)BUSA Championships2 May 05
15004:41.272h3Glasgow (S)BUSA Championships1 May 05
2003 U20 Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8002:03.423Tampere, FINEuropean Junior Championships26 Jul 03
8002:04.591BedfordNorwich Union U20 / U23 Championships29 Jun 03
8002:04.761AWythenshaweBMC31 May 03
8002:06.56i1BirminghamBirmingham Games23 Feb 03
8002:07.54i3BirminghamAAA Championships2 Mar 03
8002:07.771Nove, ITAU20 MATCH, Nove,5 Jul 03
8002:10.121s3Tampere, FINEuropean Junior Championships24 Jul 03
8002:10.641h2BedfordNorwich Union U20 / U23 Championships28 Jun 03
15004:19.774AEtonBMC Grand Prix14 Jun 03
15004:19.774EtonBMC Grand Prix14 Jun 03
15004:22.141AStreetBMC PB Classic5 May 03
2002 U20 Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8002:04.114Kingston, JAMIAAF World U20/Junior Championships19 Jul 02
8002:05.153AWythenshaweBMC3 Jun 02
8002:05.348Manchester (CG)Aqua-Pura Commonwealth Trials16 Jun 02
8002:05.603h2Kingston, JAMIAAF World U20/Junior Championships17 Jul 02
8002:06.48BExeterExeter Harriers Evening Open & BMC30 Apr 02
8002:06.534h3Manchester (CG)Aqua-Pura Commonwealth Trials15 Jun 02
8002:06.894LoughboroughLoughborough International Match18 May 02
8002:07.45i3CardiffAAA & WAAA Championships3 Feb 02
8002:08.74i3h1CardiffAAA & WAAA Championships2 Feb 02
8002:09.18i1CardiffNorwich Union U20 / U2316 Feb 02
8002:09.651BedfordAAA U20/U23 Championships30 Jun 02
8002:17.563h1BedfordAAA U20/U23 Championships29 Jun 02
15004:26.431AStreetBMC PB Classic6 May 02
2001 U20 Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8002:06.624WatfordBMC9 Jun 01
8002:07.631s2Debrecen, HUNIAAF World Youth Championships13 Jul 01
8002:07.921StreetBMC7 May 01
8002:09.691h5Debrecen, HUNIAAF World Youth Championships12 Jul 01
8002:11.388Debrecen, HUNIAAF World Youth Championships15 Jul 01
2000 U17 Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8002:06.723ASolihullBMC Grand Prix19 Aug 00
8002:08.371BedfordAAA U20 Championships27 Aug 00
8002:08.561WatfordSEAA28 May 00
8002:09.451EdinburghCommonwealth Youth Games10 Aug 00
8002:10.01Don ValleyESAA English Schools' Championships8 Jul 00
8002:10.401AStreetBMC PB Classic1 May 00
8002:10.52Carn BreaCornwall County Championships14 May 00
8002:10.551BlackpoolBritish Schools International Match15 Jul 00
8002:12.41ExeterESAA South West Schools Inter-County Championships17 Jun 00
8002:14.01YeovilSomerset Schools Championships10 Jun 00
8002:17.293s1Don ValleyESAA English Schools' Championships8 Jul 00
8002:19.073h4Don ValleyESAA English Schools' Championships8 Jul 00
1998 U15 Newquay & Par/St. Mary's Uni
8002:18.02BStreetBMC Regional Races4 May 98
Total Performances: 189
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