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.
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.

Latest from Pavel Toropov

HK100: meet Shen Jiasheng, the humble Chinese winner who burst onto the scene at UTMB

Shen Jiasheng lives and trains with Chinese stars Qi Min and Yao Miao, but the 24-year-old is emerging from their shadow at the UTMB and HK100

19 Feb 2019 - 9:25PM
HK100: meet Shen Jiasheng, the humble Chinese winner who burst onto the scene at UTMB

Shen Jiasheng lives and trains with Chinese stars Qi Min and Yao Miao, but the 24-year-old is emerging from their shadow at the UTMB and HK100

UTMB finish line announcer dreams of representing Ireland at Olympics – when he’s not busy selling fudge and teaching English

Eoin Flynn quit his desk job to pursue a simpler life, and ended up announcing the winners of the world’s most famous ultra marathon

24 Jan 2019 - 6:01PM
UTMB finish line announcer dreams of representing Ireland at Olympics – when he’s not busy selling fudge and teaching English

Eoin Flynn quit his desk job to pursue a simpler life, and ended up announcing the winners of the world’s most famous ultra marathon

Marathon hero Paula Radcliffe talks modern running diets, training and the need for protein

The world record marathon runner believes no one diet fits all, and runners should stick to what they believe in

26 Jan 2019 - 9:12PM
Marathon hero Paula Radcliffe talks modern running diets, training and the need for protein

The world record marathon runner believes no one diet fits all, and runners should stick to what they believe in

China’s illegal ‘white monkey’ foreign models paid to bare skin and be gawked at as marketing prop

Unlike professional models and performers in China’s tier-one cities, ‘white monkeys’ in the smaller cities get by just being white, handsome, blond and blue-eyed at bizarre corporate promotional events.

25 Jan 2019 - 12:28PM
China’s illegal ‘white monkey’ foreign models paid to bare skin and be gawked at as marketing prop

Unlike professional models and performers in China’s tier-one cities, ‘white monkeys’ in the smaller cities get by just being white, handsome, blond and blue-eyed at bizarre corporate promotional events.

Saving rhinos: the African ultramarathon welcoming Chinese runners to help stop the slaughter

As rhino populations collapse, decimated by poaching for horn, the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa is establishing an ultramarathon to support rhino conservation at which Chinese runners are especially welcome.

12 Jan 2019 - 8:42PM
Saving rhinos: the African ultramarathon welcoming Chinese runners to help stop the slaughter

As rhino populations collapse, decimated by poaching for horn, the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa is establishing an ultramarathon to support rhino conservation at which Chinese runners are especially welcome.

Everest awaits: Arab mountaineer defies role of women by climbing highest mountains on each continent

Fatima Deryan says she ‘evolved’ her family so they would support her climbing projects as other women in Middle East are shackled by guilt

8 Jan 2019 - 9:25AM
Everest awaits: Arab mountaineer defies role of women by climbing highest mountains on each continent

Fatima Deryan says she ‘evolved’ her family so they would support her climbing projects as other women in Middle East are shackled by guilt

He took up running aged 70. He’s run a sub-4-hour marathon. What’s this Chinese senior’s secret?

Liang Huguo from Yunnan, southwest China, was always fit and never smoked or drank. He took up cycle racing after retirement, and two years ago began running. He has since done 23 marathons and is having the time of his life.

2 Jan 2019 - 12:51AM
He took up running aged 70. He’s run a sub-4-hour marathon. What’s this Chinese senior’s secret?

Liang Huguo from Yunnan, southwest China, was always fit and never smoked or drank. He took up cycle racing after retirement, and two years ago began running. He has since done 23 marathons and is having the time of his life.

Oman by UTMB: Hong Kong trail runner Samantha Chan meets her match in mountains of Oman

Despite the technical and exposed course, she still finishes as the sixth fastest woman and 29th overall

10 Dec 2018 - 9:24AM
Oman by UTMB: Hong Kong trail runner Samantha Chan meets her match in mountains of Oman

Despite the technical and exposed course, she still finishes as the sixth fastest woman and 29th overall

Getting urban youngsters out of their comfort zone and into nature is this man’s work

The owner of A Team EdVentures, Anthony Somerset helps accustom highly urbanised young people to the great outdoors, putting them in challenging situations that require courage to overcome.

3 Dec 2018 - 3:02PM
Getting urban youngsters out of their comfort zone and into nature is this man’s work

The owner of A Team EdVentures, Anthony Somerset helps accustom highly urbanised young people to the great outdoors, putting them in challenging situations that require courage to overcome.

Zuicool, the Chinese ‘running supermarket’ app where one in 10 are finding races, is changing the game

Zuicool has one million active users as well as millions of visitors a month who are looking to register for races and buy the latest running gear

21 Nov 2018 - 3:41PM
Zuicool, the Chinese ‘running supermarket’ app where one in 10 are finding races, is changing the game

Zuicool has one million active users as well as millions of visitors a month who are looking to register for races and buy the latest running gear

HK100: Liang Jing works on ‘new me’ after winning Ultra Gobi and targets race redemption following last year’s disqualification

From humble beginnings, Liang Jing is now competing with the best and working on his character to avoid a repeat of last year’s disqualification

30 Oct 2018 - 2:46PM
HK100: Liang Jing works on ‘new me’ after winning Ultra Gobi and targets race redemption following last year’s disqualification

From humble beginnings, Liang Jing is now competing with the best and working on his character to avoid a repeat of last year’s disqualification

China’s Liang wins Ultra Gobi non-stop race as Hongkongers battle sleep deprivation, hypothermia and hallucination
Hongkonger to be first blind runner to take on 400km Ultra Gobi race – but his guide will face the biggest challenge

Gary Leung Siu-wai from Hong Kong says he is not even slightly worried about the non-stop race across the rocky and mountainous expanses of the Gobi Desert. Fellow ultrarunners are more concerned about his guide.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Hongkonger to be first blind runner to take on 400km Ultra Gobi race – but his guide will face the biggest challenge

Gary Leung Siu-wai from Hong Kong says he is not even slightly worried about the non-stop race across the rocky and mountainous expanses of the Gobi Desert. Fellow ultrarunners are more concerned about his guide.

UTMB: Robert Hajnal’s second place at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc was no accident – he targeted it for years
Selfies in a wedding dress with iguanas: Chinese do the Galapagos Islands, and tour guide has a trip to remember

A cruise tour guide expands his Chinese vocabulary, and when he jokes about opening a Chinese restaurant in the islands, his tour group offer to be his investors.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Selfies in a wedding dress with iguanas: Chinese do the Galapagos Islands, and tour guide has a trip to remember

A cruise tour guide expands his Chinese vocabulary, and when he jokes about opening a Chinese restaurant in the islands, his tour group offer to be his investors.

UTMB 2018: Xavier Thevenard wins Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 2018, while Kilian Jornet is stung by bee and others fall to cold
UTMB grand slam: Focus on world’s most southern city as Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc expands to every continent
UTMB: Yao Miao becomes first Chinese woman to win UTMB race with CCC victory only one day after Jia’s OCC triumph
UTMB: First ever Chinese winner as Jia Erenjia duels Spaniard in 55km OCC then leaves competition for dead in final stretch
UTMB: Seconds separate top three at 120km TDS race before Chinese runner finishes in top 10 for first time ever
UTMB: Gediminas Grinius fights post-Iraq PTSD with running and shows others how to run with their brains
‘I see someone without pain and know I made a difference’ – massage therapist on why he has such a great job

Jack Morozov was born with a condition that left him nearly blind, and was bullied at school. Canadian doctors healed him, and he became a healer himself, learning massage therapy, which he practises on runners, dementia sufferers and others in Hong Kong.

22 Aug 2018 - 8:01PM
‘I see someone without pain and know I made a difference’ – massage therapist on why he has such a great job

Jack Morozov was born with a condition that left him nearly blind, and was bullied at school. Canadian doctors healed him, and he became a healer himself, learning massage therapy, which he practises on runners, dementia sufferers and others in Hong Kong.

UTMB: can the Chinese burst onto international trail running scene with podium finishes in France?
Last hitman standing: assassin for Russian organised crime gangs turns kills into thrills as he pens bestselling autobiography

Alexei the Soldier’s weapon of choice was an anti-tank rocket, he took a contract on his first boss, and claims he was hired to eliminate Boris Berezovsky. Betrayed by love, he’s forged a remarkable new career behind bars and written his life story

21 Aug 2018 - 8:10PM
Last hitman standing: assassin for Russian organised crime gangs turns kills into thrills as he pens bestselling autobiography

Alexei the Soldier’s weapon of choice was an anti-tank rocket, he took a contract on his first boss, and claims he was hired to eliminate Boris Berezovsky. Betrayed by love, he’s forged a remarkable new career behind bars and written his life story

Another side to Bhutan, and six things to do in the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom – land of archers in knee socks, ‘solar dogs’, and genuine warmth

While planning the route for a 200km mountain ultra-marathon, Pavel Toropov gets first-hand experience of life in Bhutan, where roads are few and far between, monks are demons at soccer, and Chinese tourists still a minority.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Another side to Bhutan, and six things to do in the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom – land of archers in knee socks, ‘solar dogs’, and genuine warmth

While planning the route for a 200km mountain ultra-marathon, Pavel Toropov gets first-hand experience of life in Bhutan, where roads are few and far between, monks are demons at soccer, and Chinese tourists still a minority.

Chinese runner and accidental internet celebrity milks fame to attract sponsors, and show another side to beauty

Mao Dou gained a big social media following after photos of her running in marathons in China were posted online. She’s bucking the ‘white, thin, beautiful’ trend and using her fame to empower other Chinese women.

23 Jul 2018 - 7:38PM
Chinese runner and accidental internet celebrity milks fame to attract sponsors, and show another side to beauty

Mao Dou gained a big social media following after photos of her running in marathons in China were posted online. She’s bucking the ‘white, thin, beautiful’ trend and using her fame to empower other Chinese women.

Prize money in trail running: will it lead to doping or is the sport’s ethos above cheating?
Fifa World Cup: Russia football hooligans nowhere to be seen, but Strelka fight club builds respect on streets
Five things to do in China’s volcanic city of Tengchong: from hiking the Gaoligong Mountains to relaxing in hot springs

Tengchong is located just 50 kilometres from Myanmar in the southern province of Yunnan. The city is well known for volcanic activity, so try your hand at hiking the Gaoligong Mountains or simply relax in a hot spring

12 Jun 2018 - 9:26PM
Five things to do in China’s volcanic city of Tengchong: from hiking the Gaoligong Mountains to relaxing in hot springs

Tengchong is located just 50 kilometres from Myanmar in the southern province of Yunnan. The city is well known for volcanic activity, so try your hand at hiking the Gaoligong Mountains or simply relax in a hot spring

Crack climbing in Liming – where Hongkongers can learn trad as experts take risks to plot new routes
SportLifestyle