Jemma Simpson considers retiring from athletics after Glasgow 2014

Jemma Simpson
Simpson ran at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Olympics

England's Jemma Simpson is considering whether to quit athletics.

The 30-year-old from Cornwall finished ninth in the 1500m at Glasgow 2014, after failing to make the Olympics.

The ex-Newquay and Par runner, who bases herself in Oregon, said she is deciding whether to continue.

"It's whether I go for that or choose a different career path and try something new. That's a decision I'll make in the next few weeks and months," she said.

"The 1500m was a new event for me this year and it was something I enjoyed and something I could get my teeth into, but I'd have to work a hell of a lot more on my endurance to be able to cope with racing at such a high level," she told BBC Radio Cornwall.

The final in Glasgow was the first time she had run in a major 1500m final, and Simpson felt that she performed well.

"On reflection I think I was kind of happy with it, but it's disappointing not to be a bit more in the mix when the gun went off.

"What I am proud of is that I nearly retired at the end of last year and I kept going for one more year and took it week-by-week.

"I found myself making the indoor team for the world indoors. I won the national indoor title at 1500m and I came outdoors and made the Commonwealth team and made the final.

"Overall I feel it was a successful year considering I nearly stopped running at the beginning of it."

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