Mark Agnew

Hong Kong

Mark Agnew

Outdoor and Extreme Sports Editor

Mark Agnew joined the Post in 2017 to capture the booming extreme sports scene in Hong Kong. He has been involved in outdoor and extreme sports his whole life. Since living in Hong Kong, his interest has expanded to endurance sports, including ultra-running and long distances ocean rowing.

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Latest from Mark Agnew

Coronavirus: enforced break from trail running changes Stone Tsang’s motivation from competing to friendship and the outdoors

Stone Tsang Siu-keung, one of Asia’s top runners, has used a long break from racing and the Covid-19 racing hiatus to continue his motivation re-evaluation.

Stone Tsang Siu-keung, one of Asia’s top runners, has used a long break from racing and the Covid-19 racing hiatus to continue his motivation re-evaluation.

20 May 2022 - 6:02PM
Explainer | Should I do upper body exercises for trail running? How weight and core training improves performance and resilience

Weight training should be part of your regular training programme, and this should include upper body sessions or exercises too.

Weight training should be part of your regular training programme, and this should include upper body sessions or exercises too.

18 May 2022 - 8:30PM
Trail racing returns to Hong Kong with Sai Kung 50, offering runners a welcome ‘escape’ amid easing of Covid-19 restrictions

With Covid-19 restrictions finally easing in Hong Kong, the Sai Kung 50 will end a long break from competition for many of the city’s runners – and it can’t come soon enough.

With Covid-19 restrictions finally easing in Hong Kong, the Sai Kung 50 will end a long break from competition for many of the city’s runners – and it can’t come soon enough.

13 May 2022 - 3:52PM
Explainer | How will I know when it’s time to replace my trail running shoes? What to look for, from tread wear to guidelines

Three are a number of signs to let you know it’s time to buy a new pair of trail running shoes, including tread wear and manufacturers guidelines.

Three are a number of signs to let you know it’s time to buy a new pair of trail running shoes, including tread wear and manufacturers guidelines.

11 May 2022 - 11:04AM
Search for missing Briton, who posted Facebook message before walking into Hong Kong country park, continues into 4th day

Shaun Connell has not been seen since Thursday morning when he posted a message on Facebook, left his office and personal belongings behind and entered Tai Tam Country Park.

Shaun Connell has not been seen since Thursday morning when he posted a message on Facebook, left his office and personal belongings behind and entered Tai Tam Country Park.

8 May 2022 - 12:17PM
As Hong Kong’s beaches finally reopen, try out these stunning hikes to earn your dip in the sea

It’s time to head back to the beach, but why not earn your cooling dip in the sea? Here are three hikes to help you work up a sweat before you hit the water.

It’s time to head back to the beach, but why not earn your cooling dip in the sea? Here are three hikes to help you work up a sweat before you hit the water.

5 May 2022 - 9:00AM
What to do with all your Strava data – from running training with heart rates, volume, elevation and tracking improvements

Strava is a treasurer trove of data, but most runners do not utilise the information at their finger time.

Strava is a treasurer trove of data, but most runners do not utilise the information at their finger time.

23 Apr 2022 - 8:15AM
Classic hikes in Hong Kong, from Dragon’s Back to Lantau Peak

Hong Kong is a hiking paradise and there are a number of classic routes you have to do if living in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a hiking paradise and there are a number of classic routes you have to do if living in Hong Kong.

20 Apr 2022 - 10:33PM
Flat hikes in Hong Kong with stunning beauty but less of the climbs

There are lots of great hikes in Hong Kong that are not to peaks or up steep staircases.

There are lots of great hikes in Hong Kong that are not to peaks or up steep staircases.

15 Apr 2022 - 1:18AM
Explainer | What should I do if I keep retwisting my ankle when running? Cause and solutions

Twisting your ankle is one thing, but do you ever find that once you have twisted it, you keep repeating the same injury?

Twisting your ankle is one thing, but do you ever find that once you have twisted it, you keep repeating the same injury?

14 Apr 2022 - 10:32AM
Depression to ultra running: one woman’s journey putting ‘one foot in front of the other’ in life and on the trails

Betty Grisoni completes a 50km ultramarathon, having taken up exercise and healthy eating as a way to combat mental and physical ill health.

Betty Grisoni completes a 50km ultramarathon, having taken up exercise and healthy eating as a way to combat mental and physical ill health.

9 Apr 2022 - 8:45AM
Explainer | What to do if running is causing ingrown toe nails – symptoms, treatment and cure

Ingrown toe nails are a common problem for runners, and can be very painful if left untreated. There are a few simple remedies to prevent them returning and stopping your training again.

Ingrown toe nails are a common problem for runners, and can be very painful if left untreated. There are a few simple remedies to prevent them returning and stopping your training again.

7 Apr 2022 - 1:28AM
Explainer | IT band injury for runners – prevention and cure for knee pain caused by inflammation

An inflamed IT band issue can be debilitating for runners, and there are a few ways you can prevent or cure it to get back to your running ways.

An inflamed IT band issue can be debilitating for runners, and there are a few ways you can prevent or cure it to get back to your running ways.

1 Apr 2022 - 12:30PM
Solo women’s Atlantic rowing world record set by self reliant Briton facing ‘intense’ weather, losing toe nails to the damp

Victoria Evans cuts nine days of previous world record, by putting performance at forefront of her decisions.

Victoria Evans cuts nine days of previous world record, by putting performance at forefront of her decisions.

30 Mar 2022 - 7:17PM
How Mat Fraser finds retirement from CrossFit as rewarding as competing, by ‘striving for perfection, knowing I’ll never reach it’

Five times CrossFit Games winner Mat Fraser is surprised to find retirement has many parallels to competing, as he launches an app for athletes.

Five times CrossFit Games winner Mat Fraser is surprised to find retirement has many parallels to competing, as he launches an app for athletes.

25 Mar 2022 - 4:45PM
Coronavirus: HKU expert questions need for people to wear masks while hiking, as city prepares to relax social distancing

Professor Ben Cowling, who has often publicly disagreed with government policy, argues risk of transmitting Covid-19 when exercising in country parks is very low, and mask mandate can be dropped while exercising outdoors.

Professor Ben Cowling, who has often publicly disagreed with government policy, argues risk of transmitting Covid-19 when exercising in country parks is very low, and mask mandate can be dropped while exercising outdoors.

24 Mar 2022 - 6:50PM
Ukraine War: CrossFit community raises money for charity amid Russian invasion, as Kyiv gym is offered as missile defence shelters

Hong Kong CrossFitter Nicholas Worley starts global challenge to do a burpee per dollar raised for Medecins Sans Frontieres and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Hong Kong CrossFitter Nicholas Worley starts global challenge to do a burpee per dollar raised for Medecins Sans Frontieres and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

18 Mar 2022 - 10:37AM
Explainer | Watch CrossFit Open 22.3 workout announcement live, as Annie Thorisdottir and Lauren Fisher throw down

Third and final week of 2022 CrossFit Open kicks off with a throw down including former ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’ Annie Thorisdottir.

Third and final week of 2022 CrossFit Open kicks off with a throw down including former ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’ Annie Thorisdottir.

11 Mar 2022 - 3:30AM
Explainer | What is CrossFit, and who invented it? History of the Open, the Games, and former chiefs Dave Castro and Greg Glassman

Here’s everything you need to know about the sport of CrossFit as well as its flagship showpiece, the CrossFit Games, and its dramatic history.

Here’s everything you need to know about the sport of CrossFit as well as its flagship showpiece, the CrossFit Games, and its dramatic history.

11 Mar 2022 - 1:25AM
Group of hikers in their 50s and 60s conquer Hong Kong’s 50 highest peaks for charity, braving brutal weather and rocky routes

‘Blind leading the blind,’ as group of 7 brave brutal weather and rocky routes to find purpose amid monotony of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

‘Blind leading the blind,’ as group of 7 brave brutal weather and rocky routes to find purpose amid monotony of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

9 Mar 2022 - 5:53PM
Hong Kong 1,500m running record stands for a ‘ridiculous’ 50 years, holder hopes youngsters are inspired to beat it

Dave Gibson set the 1,500m record in 1972, running for Hong Kong in Manila, and hopes news of the 50 year anniversary might inspire a young runner to break it

Dave Gibson set the 1,500m record in 1972, running for Hong Kong in Manila, and hopes news of the 50 year anniversary might inspire a young runner to break it

8 Mar 2022 - 11:05PM
Explainer | Watch the CrossFit Open 22.2 live announcement as Justin Medeiros takes on Saxon Panchik

Emma Lawson and Laura Horvath go head-to-head, alongside the ‘Fittest Man on Earth’ Justin Medeiros, who takes on Saxon Panchik.

Emma Lawson and Laura Horvath go head-to-head, alongside the ‘Fittest Man on Earth’ Justin Medeiros, who takes on Saxon Panchik.

4 Mar 2022 - 3:30AM
Explainer | Coronavirus: as Hong Kong lockdown nears, here are some home workouts to help keep runners in shape

With possibility of a large-scale lockdown during universal Covid-19 testing, here are some home workouts you can do to stay fit in body and mind.

With possibility of a large-scale lockdown during universal Covid-19 testing, here are some home workouts you can do to stay fit in body and mind.

2 Mar 2022 - 10:30AM
Kid sisters Winnie and Josie Wheeler are hiking Hong Kong and MacLehose Trails to raise money for the homeless

Winnie and Josie Wheeler are hiking 144km in stages to raise money for ImpactHK, a charity that supports homeless people in Hong Kong.

Winnie and Josie Wheeler are hiking 144km in stages to raise money for ImpactHK, a charity that supports homeless people in Hong Kong.

25 Feb 2022 - 9:53AM
Rugby World Cup whistles to be delivered by cyclists, peddling from Tokyo to Auckland and Paris on ‘power of made up mind’

Ron Rutland cycled from London to Tokyo, to deliver the 2019 Rugby World Cup whistle, and is doing the same again from the women and men’s tournaments.

Ron Rutland cycled from London to Tokyo, to deliver the 2019 Rugby World Cup whistle, and is doing the same again from the women and men’s tournaments.

23 Feb 2022 - 10:39AM
Ice swimming World Championship medals are just a bonus for Hongkonger, whose focus is process over suffering

Mak Chun-kong wins five medals at the ice swimming World Championships, but his mindset shifts from extrinsic to intrinsic motivations.

Mak Chun-kong wins five medals at the ice swimming World Championships, but his mindset shifts from extrinsic to intrinsic motivations.

21 Feb 2022 - 6:50PM
How to hike Dragon’s Back, a guide to Hong Kong Island’s iconic ridge walk

Hiking Dragon’s Back is a popular weekend pass time for Hongkongers, as it offers stunning beaches views, is accessible and finishes near bars and restaurants.

Hiking Dragon’s Back is a popular weekend pass time for Hongkongers, as it offers stunning beaches views, is accessible and finishes near bars and restaurants.

16 Feb 2022 - 8:15AM
Treating and preventing athlete’s foot for runners – is it red or white and itchy between the toes?

It is common to develop athlete’s foot if you are frequently exercising, especially in a hot country, but it is easily prevented or treated.

It is common to develop athlete’s foot if you are frequently exercising, especially in a hot country, but it is easily prevented or treated.

21 Feb 2022 - 3:19PM
Is Tai Mo Shan or Lantau Peak Hong Kong’s tallest mountain? How do I hike to city’s highest point?

Hong Kong’s highest mountain, and the highest point you can reach, are not the same thing, but both are excellent hikes with stunning views.

Hong Kong’s highest mountain, and the highest point you can reach, are not the same thing, but both are excellent hikes with stunning views.

11 Feb 2022 - 12:15PM
First female Hongkonger to finish 298km Four Trails cries out with pain on final descent of ‘beautiful journey’

Cheung Man-yee becomes the first Hong Kong-born woman to ‘finish’ the infamous Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge

Cheung Man-yee becomes the first Hong Kong-born woman to ‘finish’ the infamous Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge

16 Feb 2022 - 9:36PM