Jason Henderson

Writer in the United Kingdom

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I edit 'AW' – the world’s only weekly track and field athletics magazine. It’s been going since 1945, although I’ve not been there quite as long as that.

Growing up in England, I wanted to be ‘the next Seb Coe’. But my best 800m time of 1:54 wasn’t anywhere near good enough, so I tried to write my way to the Olympics instead.

My first Games was Sydney 2000, followed by Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. Having been at AW since 1997 and editor since 2001, I've also covered events such as the New York City Marathon, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Great Ethiopian Run, Himalayan 100-mile Stage Race, IAAF World Championships and Cross Country Championships in countries as far afield as Canada, Russia and Japan, plus the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Glasgow, Manchester and Melbourne – to name a few.

Athletics is my No.1 sport, but I've interviewed Michael Phelps, Mark Cavendish, covered the Tour de France and world modern pentathlon champs. Plus, in 2003 I was daft enough to do the Hawaii Ironman, which I crawled around in 16 hours and then wrote about in GQ magazine.

Other freelance writing has appeared in UK newspapers such as the Sunday Times, Observer, The Times and Guardian, while I have also written an official London 2012 book on training for athletics field events published by Carlton Books and, in 2016, Collision Course, the Olympic Tragedy of Mary Decker and Zola Budd, published by Birlinn.

  • Work
    • Athletics Weekly