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Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner

News Director

Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  

His first role after graduating was delivering the horse racing service on the BBC’s Ceefax service and he soon went on to become one of the three founding editors of Sporting Life.  

Horse racing was the focus initially, but it soon became – and still is – one of Europe’s biggest general sports websites.  

With a close interest in cycling, Jonathan was approached towards the end of 2009 to create and run the official website and social media channels for Team Sky.  

Team Sky – now the INEOS Grenadiers – were a newly-formed professional road racing team whose stated aim was to win the Tour de France, the sport’s biggest race, within five years and with a British rider.  

That was achieved in less than three years when Bradley Wiggins triumphed in Paris in 2012 and soon after he won the men’s time trial gold medal at the London Olympics.  

As well as Wiggins, Turner worked closely with some of the biggest names in cycling including Mark Cavendish and Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky’s general manager.  

Turner shaped both the digital and fan engagement strategy as Team Sky became the most popular cycling team in the world.  

The website Jonathan launched received much critical acclaim, including becoming the first cycling site ever to be shortlisted for the prestigious Sports Industry Awards, up against the likes of Guardian Sport that year.  

Using the ‘inspiration to participation’ message he also helped BSkyB deliver on their commercial, brand and CSR objectives for cycling as over a million Britons were encouraged to get back on their bikes and cycle regularly again by the end of 2012.  

Running is another sport Jonathan is heavily involved with, both actively and also from a volunteer perspective – he’s chair of his local club Ilkley Harriers, is a qualified England Athletics coach and takes groups out each week.  

And on RUN247 he’s led the coverage of the biggest trail running races, such as UTMB and the Barkley Marathons.  

Mohamed El Morabity Marathon des Sables stage three win 2024

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The first three in the men's race head towards the finish hand in hand on stage two of the Marathon des Sables photo credit Marathon des Sables

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marathon des Sables stage one 2024 photo credit Ian Corless / MDS

Marathon des Sables 2024 stage one: Moroccan stars dominate

Rachid El Morabity on stage one of the the 2023 Marathon des Sables

Marathon des Sables 2024: Live tracking and what’s happened so far this year

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How Jasmin Paris trained for Barkley Marathons with ‘completely bonkers’ hill repeats and much more

Jasmin Paris Andy Jackson

Momentum grows for trail running inclusion at 2032 Olympic Games

Barkley Marathons 2024 five finishers photo credit Keith Dunn on X

Greig Hamilton – Barkley finisher #19 on his “really enjoyable time in the woods”

Hannah Rickman 2024 Northern Traverse photo credit No Limits Photography

Hannah Rickman takes women’s title and second overall at SILVA Northern Traverse

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Dave Phillips, winner of the 2024 SILVA Northern Traverse photo credit: No Limits Photography

Dave Phillips defies stormy weather to take SILVA Northern Traverse title

Russ Cook, known as the 'Hardest Geezer', on his run across Africa

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Lazarus Lake day 2 Barkley Marathons 2023 photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

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Jasmin Paris climbing Barkley Marathons loop three 2023 photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

Jasmin Paris on ‘most wonderful thing’ at Barkley and why she’s so grateful to Jared Campbell

Mark Darbyshire and Gavin Dale shared the win at the 2023 SILVA Lakes Traverse

Darbyshire and Rickman head fields for 300km SILVA Northern Traverse

Kilian Jornet wins UTMB 2022 copyright UTMB

The GOAT Kilian Jornet’s top tips to becoming a better trail runner

John Kelly day 2 Barkley Marathons 2023 photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

Will Barkley course now get much harder? It’s fine margins say Laz Lake and John Kelly

Courtney Dauwalter winning the UTMB 2023

‘Blowing the roof off the thing’ – Courtney Dauwalter salutes Jasmin Paris

Barkley Marathons 2024 five finishers photo credit Keith Dunn on X

‘Real, human, superheroes’: Jared Campbell hails a perfect role model in Jasmin Paris

Jasmin Paris climbing Barkley Marathons loop three 2023 photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

Jasmin Paris’ odds slashed for BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Barkley Marathons 2024 five finishers photo credit Keith Dunn on X

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