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.

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Everest traffic jams: mountaineer gives first person account of the ‘horrible, stressful and dangerous’ queues

Fatima Deryan becomes the first Lebanese woman to climb Everest but is stuck behind inexperienced climbers, one leans on her in the queues

12 Jun 2019 - 10:15AM

Fatima Deryan becomes the first Lebanese woman to climb Everest but is stuck behind inexperienced climbers, one leans on her in the queues

Everest traffic jams: mountaineer gives first person account of the ‘horrible, stressful and dangerous’ queues
Rock climbing in China owes debt to American Mike Dobie for developing sport that saved him from his demons

Mike Dobie has created a trad climbing mecca in Liming, Yunnan, but when he first arrived in China he was struggling with alcoholism.

1 Jun 2019 - 10:12PM

Mike Dobie has created a trad climbing mecca in Liming, Yunnan, but when he first arrived in China he was struggling with alcoholism.

Rock climbing in China owes debt to American Mike Dobie for developing sport that saved him from his demons
From Tibetan nomad, to UTMB race winner, to Olympic marathon hopeful: Chinese runner Jia Erenjia’s rapid rise

Chinese runner bursts onto the trail running scene, but is now focused on shorter distances and marathon running.

25 May 2019 - 11:32AM

Chinese runner bursts onto the trail running scene, but is now focused on shorter distances and marathon running.

From Tibetan nomad, to UTMB race winner, to Olympic marathon hopeful: Chinese runner Jia Erenjia’s rapid rise
‘Skimo’ aims for an Olympic high, but has a mountain to climb to increase participation in China

Andrea Gianni surprised to see Chinese people taking part in skimo, and starts a club as a result

18 May 2019 - 9:52PM

Andrea Gianni surprised to see Chinese people taking part in skimo, and starts a club as a result

‘Skimo’ aims for an Olympic high, but has a mountain to climb to increase participation in China
Chinese running tourism grows, as ZX Tour partners with governments to meet mainland appetite for race holidays

Du Mingrui says running tourism will grow as Chinese people ‘want more of everything’.

1 May 2019 - 9:16PM

Du Mingrui says running tourism will grow as Chinese people ‘want more of everything’.

Chinese running tourism grows, as ZX Tour partners with governments to meet mainland appetite for race holidays
UTMB changes lottery system to favour multiple entries; lowers points requirements and introduces ‘running stones’

The famous race in Chamonix has reduced the number of points needed for each race

18 Apr 2019 - 7:09PM

The famous race in Chamonix has reduced the number of points needed for each race

UTMB changes lottery system to favour multiple entries; lowers points requirements and introduces ‘running stones’
How did Marcia Zhou set a marathon personal record five years after her previous best?

One of Hong Kong’s top runners put her success down to a lack of time forcing shorter, sharper sessions and miles through the legs gained by ultras

15 Apr 2019 - 2:45PM

One of Hong Kong’s top runners put her success down to a lack of time forcing shorter, sharper sessions and miles through the legs gained by ultras

How did Marcia Zhou set a marathon personal record five years after her previous best?
Could cycling follow running explosion in China as world’s toughest amateur race arrives in Dujiangyan?
  • Growing middle class could be ripe for road cycling
15 Apr 2019 - 2:03PM
  • Growing middle class could be ripe for road cycling
Could cycling follow running explosion in China as world’s toughest amateur race arrives in Dujiangyan?
Marathon runner sets record for 10 marathons in 10 days, adding to resume from Spider-Man to Antarctica

American runner is focused on fun as he racks up bizarre world records, including fancy dress marathon and marathon with a pram

20 Mar 2019 - 1:35PM

American runner is focused on fun as he racks up bizarre world records, including fancy dress marathon and marathon with a pram

Marathon runner sets record for 10 marathons in 10 days, adding to resume from Spider-Man to Antarctica
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

HK100: Liang Jing works on ‘new me’ after winning Ultra Gobi and targets race redemption following 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.

15 Sep 2018 - 9:11PM

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.

Hongkonger to be first blind runner to take on 400km Ultra Gobi race – but his guide will face the biggest challenge
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.

5 Sep 2018 - 8:23PM

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.

Selfies in a wedding dress with iguanas: Chinese do the Galapagos Islands, and tour guide has a trip to remember
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