Pavel Toropov

Pavel Toropov

Involved in competitive sport since the age of four, after completing a PhD in Ecology, Pavel worked in Colombia, Brazil, the UAE, South Korea and China. His love of outdoors sees him setting courses for ultra-marathons in Bhutan, powder skiing in Japan and guiding tourists to both the North and South Poles. He also crossed South America by bicycle, pedalling over 12,000 kilometres, alone. A former competitive distance runner, Pavel speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French and supports AFC Wimbledon, his local football club.

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Opinion | Want to be a runner? It’s all about body composition and gait analysis

Before you hit the track, trail or road, make sure you get your body weight measured, joints aligned, symmetry corrected and gait reviewed.

21 Feb 2021 - 12:28PM

Before you hit the track, trail or road, make sure you get your body weight measured, joints aligned, symmetry corrected and gait reviewed.

Want to be a runner? It’s all about body composition and gait analysis
Nepalese runner Budha escapes arranged marriage to make a life on trails, dedicating herself to ‘something greater’

Sunmaya Budha lies to her parents about postponing her marriage to seek an education and instead pursues a running career.

1 Feb 2021 - 8:56PM

Sunmaya Budha lies to her parents about postponing her marriage to seek an education and instead pursues a running career.

Nepalese runner Budha escapes arranged marriage to make a life on trails, dedicating herself to ‘something greater’
Could China dominate indoor climbing in next decade now the sport is in Olympics

Elite level climbers are moving back to the cities, away from the rocks, to compete indoors for ‘world-beating’ prize money.

28 Jan 2021 - 10:46AM

Elite level climbers are moving back to the cities, away from the rocks, to compete indoors for ‘world-beating’ prize money.

Could China dominate indoor climbing in next decade now the sport is in Olympics
Birding is cool in China and the birds in Beijing are more varied than you’d believe

Birding, or birdwatching, in China has become seen as a modern and fun hobby, nowhere more so than in Beijing, which boasts a startling diversity of birds.

21 Jan 2021 - 5:47AM

Birding, or birdwatching, in China has become seen as a modern and fun hobby, nowhere more so than in Beijing, which boasts a startling diversity of birds.

Birding is cool in China and the birds in Beijing are more varied than you’d believe
Trail running in North Korea could take off after Covid-19, even for foreigners, as country prepares for adventure tourism

A trail race in 2015 could be a sign of more to come, as North Korea prepares to open to tourists post-pandemic.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:08AM

A trail race in 2015 could be a sign of more to come, as North Korea prepares to open to tourists post-pandemic.

Trail running in North Korea could take off after Covid-19, even for foreigners, as country prepares for adventure tourism
China’s Olympic surfing scout makes waves in North Korea after finding the first break

Nicola ‘Nik’ Zanella spots a break in North Korea on Google Earth and seeks permission to find the wave and introduce locals to surfing.

5 Jan 2021 - 2:56PM

Nicola ‘Nik’ Zanella spots a break in North Korea on Google Earth and seeks permission to find the wave and introduce locals to surfing.

China’s Olympic surfing scout makes waves in North Korea after finding the first break
How the illegal trade in endangered wild animals could be curbed by a law change in Hong Kong

Going after the Mr Bigs and the international gangs behind the illegal trade in endangered wild animals in Hong Kong using a law against serious and organised crimes is proposed in a legislative White Paper.

13 Nov 2020 - 8:06AM

Going after the Mr Bigs and the international gangs behind the illegal trade in endangered wild animals in Hong Kong using a law against serious and organised crimes is proposed in a legislative White Paper.

How the illegal trade in endangered wild animals could be curbed by a law change in Hong Kong
How to beat adversity: from losing both arms as a child to pro-athlete and top academic with Jesse Yang Mengheng

Jesse Yang Mengheng has both arms amputated after being electrocuted – the first of many setbacks as ‘defeats’ outweigh ‘triumphs’ for former Paralympic hopeful.

12 Nov 2020 - 10:49PM

Jesse Yang Mengheng has both arms amputated after being electrocuted – the first of many setbacks as ‘defeats’ outweigh ‘triumphs’ for former Paralympic hopeful.

How to beat adversity: from losing both arms as a child to pro-athlete and top academic with Jesse Yang Mengheng
Opinion | How to become a badass runner without doing much running (but a lot of online posting)

Make sure all your friends and family know just how hardcore you are by posting on Instagram in the middle of a race, but avoid including trail markers in the photo.

19 Oct 2020 - 8:36AM

Make sure all your friends and family know just how hardcore you are by posting on Instagram in the middle of a race, but avoid including trail markers in the photo.

How to become a badass runner without doing much running (but a lot of online posting)
On the scent of otters in Hong Kong – secretive, nocturnal carnivores that are holding out in fish ponds

Hong Kong’s dwindling population of Eurasian otters clings on in wetlands and fish ponds near the border with China. Their numbers can only be gauged by examining their droppings.

15 Oct 2020 - 5:56AM

Hong Kong’s dwindling population of Eurasian otters clings on in wetlands and fish ponds near the border with China. Their numbers can only be gauged by examining their droppings.

On the scent of otters in Hong Kong – secretive, nocturnal carnivores that are holding out in fish ponds
Covid-19 sees labour exodus from India, but Nepali running club helps avert humanitarian crisis

Hundreds of thousands of workers left jobless in India return to Nepal, only to be shunned for fear of the coronavirus until Karnali running club comes to their aid.

23 Sep 2020 - 5:10PM

Hundreds of thousands of workers left jobless in India return to Nepal, only to be shunned for fear of the coronavirus until Karnali running club comes to their aid.

Covid-19 sees labour exodus from India, but Nepali running club helps avert humanitarian crisis
China’s trail races return to ‘old normal’ after coronavirus-induced hiatus but marathons still restricted

The timeline of Chinese running races has seen many false dawns with promises of the return of races, but now they really are getting back to normal.

3 Sep 2020 - 9:00AM

The timeline of Chinese running races has seen many false dawns with promises of the return of races, but now they really are getting back to normal.

China’s trail races return to ‘old normal’ after coronavirus-induced hiatus but marathons still restricted
Tiles to restore corals, designed and 3D printed in Hong Kong, may be key to saving the world’s threatened reefs

Scientists at the University of Hong Kong experiment with laying clay tiles to restore coral colonies in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park hit by unexplained ecological catastrophe in 2015 and 2016.

21 Aug 2020 - 10:39AM

Scientists at the University of Hong Kong experiment with laying clay tiles to restore coral colonies in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park hit by unexplained ecological catastrophe in 2015 and 2016.

Tiles to restore corals, designed and 3D printed in Hong Kong, may be key to saving the world’s threatened reefs
Russia’s Ekaterina Mityaeva climbs the trail running ranks and has her eyes on the ultimate prize

Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Mityaeva starts off orienteering but finds a life in trail running and is now ‘fully immersed’ in the sport

19 Aug 2020 - 10:05PM

Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Mityaeva starts off orienteering but finds a life in trail running and is now ‘fully immersed’ in the sport

Russia’s Ekaterina Mityaeva climbs the trail running ranks and has her eyes on the ultimate prize
How Dagestan’s ‘Shaolin Temple’ produced UFC stars Zabit Magomedsharipov and Muslim Salikhov

Zabit Magomedsharipov and Muslim Salikhov’s traditional martial arts values instilled in them as students at a wushu academy founded by a Dagestani philosopher in an empty field.

8 Aug 2020 - 7:50PM

Zabit Magomedsharipov and Muslim Salikhov’s traditional martial arts values instilled in them as students at a wushu academy founded by a Dagestani philosopher in an empty field.

How Dagestan’s ‘Shaolin Temple’ produced UFC stars Zabit Magomedsharipov and Muslim Salikhov
‘The most rewarding coaching ever’: Down’s syndrome adults taught surfing, and other physical activities, free of charge by charity

Canadian Jeff Rotmeyer saw too many young adults with Down’s syndrome die. He set up charity The Love 21 Foundation in Hong Kong to keep them active and extend their lives.

26 Jul 2020 - 6:37PM

Canadian Jeff Rotmeyer saw too many young adults with Down’s syndrome die. He set up charity The Love 21 Foundation in Hong Kong to keep them active and extend their lives.

‘The most rewarding coaching ever’: Down’s syndrome adults taught surfing, and  other physical activities, free of charge by charity
New method to combat illegal wildlife trade reveals whether animals were raised in captivity or captured from the wild

Scientists at the University of Hong Kong can now tell whether songbirds for sale at markets have been wild-caught and are developing a host of other techniques to combat the illegal wildlife trade in the city and beyond.

9 Jul 2020 - 9:10PM

Scientists at the University of Hong Kong can now tell whether songbirds for sale at markets have been wild-caught and are developing a host of other techniques to combat the illegal wildlife trade in the city and beyond.

New method to combat illegal wildlife trade reveals whether animals were raised in captivity or captured from the wild
Meet Cai Zongju, the former boxing world champion shrugging off gender stereotypes in China

Cai Zongju was once asked by a TV interviewer why she chose to be a boxer because ‘you are a girl’ and ‘mommy’s treasure’. But the former IBF world minimum weight champ takes the stereotypes in her stride.

27 Jun 2020 - 6:56PM

Cai Zongju was once asked by a TV interviewer why she chose to be a boxer because ‘you are a girl’ and ‘mommy’s treasure’. But the former IBF world minimum weight champ takes the stereotypes in her stride.

Meet Cai Zongju, the former boxing world champion shrugging off gender stereotypes in China
New ITRA president Bob Crowley plans to develop the body’s technological abilities; wants a clear distinction from UTMB

Bob Crowley replaces Michel Poletti, sparking the second chapter of the International Trail Running Association based on technology and independence.

1 May 2020 - 9:15AM

Bob Crowley replaces Michel Poletti, sparking the second chapter of the International Trail Running Association based on technology and independence.

New ITRA president Bob Crowley plans to develop the body’s technological abilities; wants a clear distinction from UTMB
Xiong Chaozhong – the coal miner turned pro boxer who became China’s first world champion

‘Pulling coal carts was about technique, not strength. Boxing is the same,’ recalls Xiong Chaozhong, who laboured for 10 yuan a day before turning pro without a single amateur fight.

15 Apr 2020 - 10:43PM

‘Pulling coal carts was about technique, not strength. Boxing is the same,’ recalls Xiong Chaozhong, who laboured for 10 yuan a day before turning pro without a single amateur fight.

Xiong Chaozhong – the coal miner turned pro boxer who became China’s first world champion
How Chinese in Russia pried the China tourism trade from Russian companies’ hands, and why tour guides don’t miss their absence amid coronavirus

Lured to Russia on artificially cheap tours, Chinese visitors are shuffled by Chinese guides from one Chinese-owned shop to another to buy overpriced souvenirs. No wonder Chinese-speaking Russian guides aren’t bemoaning their absence amid pandemic.

30 Mar 2020 - 5:21PM

Lured to Russia on artificially cheap tours, Chinese visitors are shuffled by Chinese guides from one Chinese-owned shop to another to buy overpriced souvenirs. No wonder Chinese-speaking Russian guides aren’t bemoaning their absence amid pandemic.

How Chinese in Russia pried the China tourism trade from Russian companies’ hands, and why tour guides don’t miss their absence amid coronavirus
Russian UFC fighter Petr Yan hits back at online abuse by Iranian novice over his Chinese roots

Iranian MMA fighter posts insulting pictures and comments on Instagram aimed at UFC bantamweight contender Petr Yan, who has a paternal Chinese grandfather.

27 Mar 2020 - 4:25PM

Iranian MMA fighter posts insulting pictures and comments on Instagram aimed at UFC bantamweight contender Petr Yan, who has a paternal Chinese grandfather.

Russian UFC fighter Petr Yan hits back at online abuse by Iranian novice over his Chinese roots
Spartan makes a move into trail running offering global events and massive prize money

The Ultra-Trail World Tour serves Europe, and more recently Asia, but Spartan believes the Americas have been neglected and athletes deserve rewards

11 Mar 2020 - 9:50PM

The Ultra-Trail World Tour serves Europe, and more recently Asia, but Spartan believes the Americas have been neglected and athletes deserve rewards

Spartan makes a move into trail running offering global events and massive prize money
UTMB adds a new race in Chiang Mai with runners handed exclusive challenge on ‘The Roof of Thailand’

Four of the five UTMB events are now in Asia as the organisation adds one more to the growing list of races

9 Mar 2020 - 9:49AM

Four of the five UTMB events are now in Asia as the organisation adds one more to the growing list of races

UTMB adds a new race in Chiang Mai with runners handed exclusive challenge on ‘The Roof of Thailand’
Trail running in Saudi Arabia at the vanguard of change as the kingdom opens to tourism

Men and women are running together as customs relax within running clubs and the first trail race comes to the conservative nation.

2 Mar 2020 - 10:01PM

Men and women are running together as customs relax within running clubs and the first trail race comes to the conservative nation.

Trail running in Saudi Arabia at the vanguard of change as the kingdom opens to tourism
How leeches could help prevent future coronavirus outbreaks: blood suckers provide evidence of wildlife that carry animal viruses

Blood in leeches’ stomachs contains DNA that shows the diversity of wildlife in a certain area. This information can be used to combat the illegal wildlife trade, and thus reduce animal-to-human infection risks.

18 Feb 2020 - 9:32PM

Blood in leeches’ stomachs contains DNA that shows the diversity of wildlife in a certain area. This information can be used to combat the illegal wildlife trade, and thus reduce animal-to-human infection risks.

How leeches could help prevent future coronavirus outbreaks: blood suckers provide evidence of wildlife that carry animal viruses
Coronavirus outbreak: runner completes 100km indoors to avoid infection, but community not convinced by his feat

When a runner went viral for completing 50km around his flat, to avoid to virus, another stepped up to the plate and doubled the distance.

7 Feb 2020 - 2:12PM

When a runner went viral for completing 50km around his flat, to avoid to virus, another stepped up to the plate and doubled the distance.

Coronavirus outbreak: runner completes 100km indoors to avoid infection, but community not convinced by his feat
HK100 winner, ‘unknown’ mainland Chinese runner You Peiquan, is intent on running his own way and only revealing his spirit during races

You Peiquan adheres to traditional ethics by keeping his spirit and vigour hidden until he strikes during race time.

6 Feb 2020 - 9:45AM

You Peiquan adheres to traditional ethics by keeping his spirit and vigour hidden until he strikes during race time.

HK100 winner, ‘unknown’ mainland Chinese runner You Peiquan, is intent on running his own way and only revealing his spirit during races
Coronavirus: Chinese runners forced to train indoors, as one man completes 50km around two tables

The coronavirus means runners are unable or unwilling to venture outdoors, but it will not stop China’s love or running, even if they have to do it indoors.

6 Feb 2020 - 9:46AM

The coronavirus means runners are unable or unwilling to venture outdoors, but it will not stop China’s love or running, even if they have to do it indoors.

Coronavirus: Chinese runners forced to train indoors, as one man completes 50km around two tables
First Chinese person to walk to South Pole says feat is to highlight climate crisis to next generation

Wen Xu decides the best way to highlight climate change is by exploring affected places after falling through thin ice to a lake that should not have been there.

28 Jan 2020 - 10:19PM

Wen Xu decides the best way to highlight climate change is by exploring affected places after falling through thin ice to a lake that should not have been there.

First Chinese person to walk to South Pole says feat is to highlight climate crisis to next generation