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.

Latest from Pavel Toropov

Ultrarunner has hip resurfacing, looks to race in ultramarathons again – after all, Andy Murray is playing pro tennis with his ‘Terminator’ hip

If Andy Murray could return to competitive tennis after hip resurfacing, can an ultrarunner go back to running competitively? Pavel Toropov, who underwent surgery last year, describes his efforts to get back in shape.

If Andy Murray could return to competitive tennis after hip resurfacing, can an ultrarunner go back to running competitively? Pavel Toropov, who underwent surgery last year, describes his efforts to get back in shape.

19 Feb 2022 - 5:15PM
From cook to elite climber: a Liuzhou native’s rise from ‘making rice balls and killing salmon’ to becoming one of China’s best

Lu Chunfeng’s nearly decade-long journey has taken her from making ‘making rice balls and killing salmon’ to joining the ranks of her country’s elite athletes.

Lu Chunfeng’s nearly decade-long journey has taken her from making ‘making rice balls and killing salmon’ to joining the ranks of her country’s elite athletes.

25 Dec 2021 - 10:05AM
Thailand by UTMB: China runners dominate Chiang Mai challenge as Nepal’s Sunmaya Budha stuns field by finishing third overall in 110km race

With a lack of races at home and in the region, Zhao Jiajiu and Xiang Fuzhao took full advantage to win the men’s and women’s races respectively.

With a lack of races at home and in the region, Zhao Jiajiu and Xiang Fuzhao took full advantage to win the men’s and women’s races respectively.

13 Dec 2021 - 1:03PM
Why athletes find themselves needing hip surgery in midlife, and how hip resurfacing gives them a second shot at sporting glory

Playing sport intensively, especially as a teenager or young adult, causes excessive wear on the hips and can trigger osteoarthritis, which may require hip resurfacing.

Playing sport intensively, especially as a teenager or young adult, causes excessive wear on the hips and can trigger osteoarthritis, which may require hip resurfacing.

18 Sep 2021 - 5:59AM
Meet Aleksandr Sorokin, the Lithuanian breaking world records on the lunatic fringes of ultra running

They said the 24-hour running record was unbreakable, before Sorokin attempted it. Now the Lithuanian holds distance and time records throughout extreme ultra running.

They said the 24-hour running record was unbreakable, before Sorokin attempted it. Now the Lithuanian holds distance and time records throughout extreme ultra running.

7 Sep 2021 - 8:10AM
UTMB enjoys spectacular ‘rebirth’ with surprise winners and magnificent accomplishments after terrible tragedy

The opening of the trail-running festival was marred by the first death of a competitor at the event, before Courtney Dauwalter and Francois D’Haene scored incredible wins in main event.

The opening of the trail-running festival was marred by the first death of a competitor at the event, before Courtney Dauwalter and Francois D’Haene scored incredible wins in main event.

7 Sep 2021 - 10:29PM
UTMB: Francois D’Haene claims a record fourth men’s title, but phenomenal Courtney Dauwalter steals the show

D’Haene wins another UTMB just weeks after winning the Hardrock 100 mile in the USA, but Dauwalter finishes seventh overall as she destroys women’s field.

D’Haene wins another UTMB just weeks after winning the Hardrock 100 mile in the USA, but Dauwalter finishes seventh overall as she destroys women’s field.

29 Aug 2021 - 4:00PM
UTMB CCC: Thibaut Garrivier and Marta Molist Codina win 100km in Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc’s 101km Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix men’s race features three-way battle after blistering start.

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc’s 101km Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix men’s race features three-way battle after blistering start.

28 Aug 2021 - 2:55PM
UTMB OCC: Blandine L’Hirondel and Jonathan Albon claim breathtaking 55km victories

L’Hirondel smashes women’s record on her way to 20th place as Albon emerges victorious in ‘Battle of the Britons’.

L’Hirondel smashes women’s record on her way to 20th place as Albon emerges victorious in ‘Battle of the Britons’.

27 Aug 2021 - 4:18PM
Czech runner dies at UTMB’s TDS race, in first fatality at running festival

Helicopter rescue unsuccessful following fall on steep descent from Passeur de Pralognan in France, as Chinese trail running community share condolences after Gansu deaths.

Helicopter rescue unsuccessful following fall on steep descent from Passeur de Pralognan in France, as Chinese trail running community share condolences after Gansu deaths.

26 Aug 2021 - 12:05AM
UTMB 2021: ‘rebirth’ sees Mont Blanc trail races return but with fewer Asian runners

‘Beautiful to be able to organise UTMB again,’ says co-founder Michael Poletti after event was cancelled last year.

‘Beautiful to be able to organise UTMB again,’ says co-founder Michael Poletti after event was cancelled last year.

22 Aug 2021 - 12:31PM
China bans ultramarathons and off-road races after 21 die in Gansu tragedy

In the wake of the Yellow River Stone Forest 100km tragedy, which claimed the lives of 21 runners, races in mountainous areas, cross-desert, ultra distance and other newly popular sports activities that involve high risk have been suspended.

In the wake of the Yellow River Stone Forest 100km tragedy, which claimed the lives of 21 runners, races in mountainous areas, cross-desert, ultra distance and other newly popular sports activities that involve high risk have been suspended.

3 Jun 2021 - 10:38PM
Chinese elephant herd hits the road on quest through urban jungle

A group of 15 animals abandoned their forest home over six months ago and are just 100km from the capital of Yunnan.

A group of 15 animals abandoned their forest home over six months ago and are just 100km from the capital of Yunnan.

29 May 2021 - 11:11PM
China ultramarathon disaster: what happened during the storm that killed 21 runners?

How did the tragedy unfold when a storm claimed the lives of 21 runners stuck on the mountain?

How did the tragedy unfold when a storm claimed the lives of 21 runners stuck on the mountain?

28 May 2021 - 6:19PM
Hong Kong charity offers free diet advice and guidance for children with intellectual disabilities in low-income families

Parents of children with intellectual disabilities often overfeed them. Love21, a Hong Kong charity, offers low-income families with children in that bracket free advice, cooking classes and medical checks.

Parents of children with intellectual disabilities often overfeed them. Love21, a Hong Kong charity, offers low-income families with children in that bracket free advice, cooking classes and medical checks.

24 May 2021 - 12:14PM
UTMB and Ironman join forces for World Series and pathway to Chamonix, replacing ITRA points and Ultra-Trail World Tour

The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Group adds Tarawera in New Zealand and Ultra-Trail Australia to its list and are looking for races in North America.

The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc Group adds Tarawera in New Zealand and Ultra-Trail Australia to its list and are looking for races in North America.

7 May 2021 - 1:14PM
What kind of trail runner are you – the Euro Ace or the CrossFitter?

Trail runners come in many varieties, from the road runner trying out the mountains to the unknown Chinese runner who sets records then disappears from public view just as fast.

Trail runners come in many varieties, from the road runner trying out the mountains to the unknown Chinese runner who sets records then disappears from public view just as fast.

14 Apr 2021 - 8:00AM
Kenya has Iten, but Nepal has Karnali to produce international runners on roads and mountains

Karnali Sports Club gives youngsters a chance by introducing them to running, so they can compete at the top level and gain employment.

Karnali Sports Club gives youngsters a chance by introducing them to running, so they can compete at the top level and gain employment.

9 Apr 2021 - 8:00PM
Did surfing start in China 1,000 years ago? Ancient poems and art show surfers riding Hangzhou’s bore as ‘children of the tide’

A small sculpture of a surfer riding a giant fish leads to discovery of surfing competitions in Hangzhou during the Song dynasty

A small sculpture of a surfer riding a giant fish leads to discovery of surfing competitions in Hangzhou during the Song dynasty

3 Mar 2021 - 11:03AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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