Meet the team

Jason Henderson, Editor
Started writing for AW in 1995 and became editor in 2001. During that time he has covered four Olympics for the magazine and interviewed everyone from Bannister to Bolt.

A club runner with 1:54 PB for 800m in mid-1990s, in recent years Jason has run marathons to keep fit and in 2003 crawled around the Hawaii Ironman.

He has written for most UK newspapers, plus magazines such as GQ, and is the author of the London 2012 Guide to Athletics Field Events.

Paul Halford, Deputy Editor
An internet pioneer and athletics nut during the 1990s, Paul was plucked from cyberspace to become AW’s results editor and, more recently, deputy editor.

He also currently puts together AW’s news pages and when not covering events for the magazine he is often near the front of the pack in local races for Werrington Joggers or representing the Welsh M35 cross-country team.

His marathon best is 2:28:03 from London in 2013, but watch this space because he hopes to cut some more time off soon.

Jessica Whittington, Website Editor
Started off at Sportsister magazine when it was AW‘s sister publication before joining AW as Web Editor two and a half years later.

She enjoys recreational running, but remains much better at writing about sport rather than actually doing it herself. She also loves a good (bad) cliché. ‘At the end of the day, it’s a game of two halves and we gave 110 per cent.’

Steve Smythe, Results Editor
A runner for 40 years in addition to being a coach and journalist for more than 20 years, Steve brings a wealth of experience to AW.

His marathon best is 2:29:42, but more impressive is his record of having run quicker than 2:47 during five different decades.

Steve’s stamina as a reporter is also pretty good – he has covered the last seven IAAF World Championships outdoors.

David Lowes, Coaching Editor
Winner of the English Schools 880 yards title in 1967, David later went on to run PBs such as 7:52 for 3000m, 13:43 for 5000m and 2:15:31 for the marathon. This was despite an injury-ravaged career, too, involving three Achilles operations and six years on the sidelines.

Today, he still runs regularly but he is also a Level 4 endurance coach and chairman of the British Milers’ Club Academy.

Before joining AW in early 2009, he was an athletics development officer in his native County Durham and a prolific contributor to The Coach magazine.

Mark Shearman, Photographer
An ever-present at domestic and international events, the Purley-based snapper has taken more than 800 front cover shots for AW – his first being more than half a century ago.

He shows little sign of slowing down either and London 2012 was his 13th Summer Games.

Paul Freary, Products Reviewer
After having worked for Puma, Fila, Nike and adidas, in addition to running his own running store for the past eight years, Paul is ideally placed to write authoritative reviews of shoes, gadgets and gear.

He also has great athletics pedigree. He has won Northern and Inter-Counties golds at 5000m, UK and world masters half-marathon crowns, plus nine national team titles with Belgrave Harriers, while his claim to fame is once beating Steve Cram in a road mile in Bermuda.

Athletics runs in the Freary family, too, as Paul’s father, Mike, held the British 10,000m record in 1969.

Heidi Wilson, Head of Advertising and Marketing
A 2:54 marathoner, Heidi excels at longer distances – she has represented England in ultra-distance events and is currently training for ironman triathlons.

She loves shorter distances, though. Her favourite event is 4x100m and she was trackside when Kelly Holmes won her gold medals at the Athens Olympics.