Meet the team
Jason Henderson, Editor
Started writing for AW in 1995 and became editor in 2001. During that time he has covered five 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, plus Collision Course: The Olympic Tragedy of Mary Decker and Zola Budd.
Peta Bee, Performance Editor
An award-winning journalist with degrees in sports science and nutrition, Peta also writes for The Times, Irish Examiner and Evening Standard and is the founder of Cookham Running Club where she manages and coaches the junior teams.
She is the author of nine books on fitness and sport including the best-selling Fast Exercise, co-written with Dr Michael Mosley.
Jessica Whittington, Website Editor
Started seriously writing about sport while studying journalism at university and hasn’t stopped since, becoming AW‘s web editor in 2012.
Jess enjoys recreational running, but remains much better at writing about athletics rather than actually doing it herself. In 2014 she joined Mo Farah in making a marathon debut in London and she covered her first overseas Olympics in Rio in 2016.
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.
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 Rio 2016 was his 14th Summer Games. In 2013 he was made an MBE for services to sports photography.
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.
Matt McLaughlin, Advertising sales
Ranking first in the European juniors for 1500m in 2013, Matt broke a 27-year-old British record by over four seconds. He has represented Great Britain and England on multiple occasions, winning British titles over 800m and 1500m.
With two years’ success within the sales industry, Matt is now using his extensive running knowledge to add genuine value to each and every client at Athletics Weekly.
He won’t be getting his running shoes back out of the closet any time soon, but Matt loves to still be involved in the sport to see the progress of his ex-competitors!