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 nearly 30 years. In 2015, she joined AW as Managing Director and she is part of the British cross country team management.
Jason Henderson, Head of Digital
Jason began writing for AW in 1995 and became editor of the weekly magazine 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.
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 chuffed about having managed to run a sub 3-hour marathon. His love of running meant the chance to join the AW team could not be missed.
Steve Smythe, Results Editor
A runner for almost half a century in addition to being a coach and journalist for 25 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 eight IAAF World Championships outdoors.
Tim Adams, Website Assistant
Tim’s interest in athletics started out when he watched Usain Bolt break the 100m and 200m world record in 2009. Ironically, the first athletics event (outside of a sports day) he saw live was the Olympics at London 2012. He enjoys recreational running around Epping Forest and the odd parkrun.
He got involved with athletics at The University of Sheffield when he commentated and reported on the BUCS National Finals. Since graduation, Tim has set up his own Paralympic podcast and brings a wealth of multimedia experience in podcasts, video and alternative media to AW.
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, 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.
She draws upon her love for sports and running to add to her work and is an Olympic mega fan who even set early morning alarms to keep up with the live action from Rio in 2016.
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. The first Olympics he covered was Tokyo 1964 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.