The editorial squad at Britain’s No.1 athletics magazine is stacked with experience
Wendy Sly MBE, Managing Director
After leaving Loughborough University with a degree in English literature, Wendy lived life as an international athlete, racing on the roads in the States and track in Europe. Honours include silver medals at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, bronze at the European Indoor Championships and a gold at the world 10km road championships.
After ending her running career, Wendy took up a career in publishing which has expanded over 25 years. In 2015, she joined The Great Run Company as MD Publishing, a job which includes heading up Athletics Weekly. Wendy is still involved in the sport of athletics in the role of British cross country team management.
Jason Henderson, Head of Digital
Jason began writing for AW in 1995 and was editor of the weekly magazine from 2001-2020. He has covered six 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 once 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.
Euan Crumley, Editorial Director
Euan has worked in sports journalism since he was 16. A former sports editor of the Metro newspaper, which he helped launch UK wide in 1999, he has also edited the sports sections of the Scottish Mail on Sunday and Scottish Daily Mail and was at the heart of their coverage of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
When he isn’t working, Euan can be found running or attempting to impersonate a triathlete and continues to feel particularly chuffed about having managed to run a sub-3hr marathon. His love of running meant the chance to join the AW team could not be missed and he currently edits the monthly print magazine.
Tim Adams, Multimedia Producer
A graduate of the University of Sheffield, Tim joined AW‘s team full time in mid-2020 and has already made his mark by covering a number of events at home and abroad.
He grew up 20 minutes from the Olympic Park and the first athletics event he watched live out of a sports day was at London 2012. Tim regularly enjoys running 5km and 10km routes in Epping Forest, the location of the first ever English National XC course in 1876.
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. Rio 2016 was his 14th Summer Games and in 2013 he was made an MBE for services to sports photography.
Georgie Heath, Editorial Assistant
A self-professed sports fanatic, Georgie has played a number of sports to a high level and uses her experiences to add an extra dynamic to her writing, reporting and interviewing.
After studying Psychology at Bristol University, she undertook her journalism diploma and has since reported for the ICC at the 2019 Cricket World Cup final as well as England Netball’s 5th Qtr magazine and other online publications.
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.
As an athlete 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.
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