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.  

Eoin Keith Spine Race win 2022

‘Way harder than UTMB’ – Eoin Keith relishing Snowdonia challenge

Three Peaks Race men winner Thomas Roach 2023

Roach and Taylor take Three Peaks titles at first attempt

Rachid El Morabity at the 2021 Marathon des Sables

Rachid El Morabity pulls out after “unfair” Marathon des Sables penalty

The start banner of the Manchester to Liverpool ultra race [photo credit: Manchester to Liverpool Ultra Facebook page]

Top ultra-runner disqualified for taking ‘vehicle transport’ in race

Lizzie Faithfull Davies Northern Traverse winner 2023 [©SILVA Northern and Lakes Traverse | No Limits Photography]

Elation and disbelief: Faithfull-Davies on her Northern Traverse triumph

James Nobles is presented with the trophy at Robin Hood's Bay [©SILVA Northern and Lakes Traverse | No Limits Photography]

Northern Traverse results: Nobles and Faithfull-Davies take the wins

Eoin Keith Spine Race win 2022

‘We had an absolute blast’ – Eoin Keith on ‘brilliant’ Barkley experience


‘It’s a race I love’ – two-time winner Eoin Keith back at Northern Traverse

Lazarus Lake and Tom Hollins Barkley Marathons 2023 photo credit Sara Hollins

Teamwork and ‘treachery’ – Tom Hollins’ experience as a Barkley virgin

Katie Schide wins UTMB 2022 photo copyright UTMB

Reigning UTMB champ Katie Schide claims Eiffel Tower triumph

Barkley Marathons 2023 finishers Aurelien Sanchez, John Kelly and Karel Sabbe photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

Lucky walnut shells, Brer Rabbit and more – what the Barkley Marathons finishers said

John Kelly Damian Hall Barkley Marathons 2023 loop two photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

‘Chuffed with four loops’ – Damian Hall reflects on Barkley Marathons near-miss

Barkley Marathons 2023 finishers Aurelien Sanchez, John Kelly and Karel Sabbe photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

Barkley Marathons 2023: How the race unfolded

Aurelien Sanchez Barkley Marathons 2023 insta

Barkley Marathons 2023 results: Sanchez pips Kelly on epic day as three finish

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

Three loops down and seven still in contention at Barkley Marathons

Jasmin Paris day 2 Barkley Marathons 2023 photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

Four clear after second Barkley loop – and Jasmin Paris going well too

Former finishers start well on opening loop of Barkley Marathons

Number plates of the runners at the start of the 2023 Barkley Marathons photo credit: Davidmillerphotography_ on Instagram

Who’s taking part in the Barkley Marathons? What we know so far…

Kilian Jornet wins Sierre-Zinal in 2021 photo credit Marco Gulberti at Corsa in Montagna

Kilian Jornet confirms monstrous race challenge for 2023

Claire Bannwarth 2023 winner snow photo credit Montane Spine Race

Four-midable! Spine heroine Bannwarth stars again to extend incredible run

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