Jo Mersh

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IconaNPG x126456; Joanne ('Jo') Fenn (nÈe Mersh) by Michael Birt

My Bronze medal in Budapest.

Sporting Achievements

Former British Record Holder in the 1000m
World Indoor Bronze Medalist
2 x Commonwealth Games finalist
Olympic Games semi finalist
World Championships semi finalist
2 x World Indoor Championships finalist
European Championships semi finalist
London 2012 Bid Ambassador

I owe much of my success to my PE teacher Miss Jeanette Middleditch who took me the local running club and introduced me to my first coach Dave Belcher. Training was fun but hard and soon enough I was representing Essex Ladies AC in the 100m and 200m whilst representing my school-Connaught School for girls in Cross Country. I knew that I had speed and endurance and so it was inevitable that I would run the 800 metres years later.
Throughout my athletics career I was coached by the late Bruce Longden, John Isaacs,
Jack Bayliss, Ayo Falola and Trent Stellingwerff.
I am grateful to every one of them who helped embroider my Athletics career tapestry.
Each one, having their own unique qualities and personalities. My greatest achievement had to be breaking the sub 2 min barrier on several occasions under Ayo Falola’s reign as
well as winning my World Indoor Bronze Medal in Budapest in 2004 and becoming an Olympian.
My kit sponsor was adidas who I am grateful to for supporting me over a number of years.