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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CrossFit Games 2020 dates announced with at-home leg in September and North American finals in October

The field will be cut from 30 men and 30 women to five each via an at-home first round followed by an in person final.

13 Aug 2020 - 10:27AM

The field will be cut from 30 men and 30 women to five each via an at-home first round followed by an in person final.

CrossFit Games 2020 dates announced with at-home leg in September and North American finals in October
Carla Molinaro reflects on Land’s End to John o’ Groats running record, beginning to see the fun through the pain

With time and space after the epic record attempt, Carla Molinaro remembers the fun aspects, even though there was only pain during the run.

12 Aug 2020 - 6:00PM

With time and space after the epic record attempt, Carla Molinaro remembers the fun aspects, even though there was only pain during the run.

Carla Molinaro reflects on Land’s End to John o’ Groats running record, beginning to see the fun through the pain
The new normal for trail running during coronavirus – what does it look like and how long will it be here?

Bob Crowley, head of ITRA, warns that social distancing rules will be in trail running deep into 2021, but he hopes the community aspect will not suffer.

12 Aug 2020 - 9:21AM

Bob Crowley, head of ITRA, warns that social distancing rules will be in trail running deep into 2021, but he hopes the community aspect will not suffer.

The new normal for trail running during coronavirus – what does it look like and how long will it be here?
Piolets d’Or winners announced – two ascents in Nepal and two in Pakistan recognised by the highest award in mountaineering

The Piolets d’Or are due to take place in September and recognise climbs that are daring, technical and unique.

11 Aug 2020 - 2:16PM

The Piolets d’Or are due to take place in September and recognise climbs that are daring, technical and unique.

Piolets d’Or winners announced – two ascents in Nepal and two in Pakistan recognised by the highest award in mountaineering
Courtney Dauwalter 788km Colorado Trail FKT attempt cut short by acute bronchitis that lands her in hospital

The top trail runner is taken to hospital amid worries of HAPE or blood clots, and is diagnosed with bronchitis.

12 Aug 2020 - 9:21AM

The top trail runner is taken to hospital amid worries of HAPE or blood clots, and is diagnosed with bronchitis.

Courtney Dauwalter 788km Colorado Trail FKT attempt cut short by acute bronchitis that lands her in hospital
Kiangchaipaiphana wins 100km race in Thailand two weeks after being knocked unconscious by a falling tree 

Two weeks ago, Thai athlete Jay Kiangchaipaiphana was hit by a falling tree and knocked unconscious - ‘one of my friends thought I had died’ – but he bounces back to win a CM6 in Chiang Mai.

10 Aug 2020 - 10:32PM

Two weeks ago, Thai athlete Jay Kiangchaipaiphana was hit by a falling tree and knocked unconscious - ‘one of my friends thought I had died’ – but he bounces back to win a CM6 in Chiang Mai.

Kiangchaipaiphana wins 100km race in Thailand two weeks after being knocked unconscious by a falling tree 
Dmitry Mityaev, Russia’s top trail runner, smashes Mount Elbrus FKT and sets sights on long dominant career

At 1.83m and 82kg, Dmitry Mityaev is not your typical ultra runner, but it does not stop him crushing the 140km Elbrus record.

10 Aug 2020 - 10:49AM

At 1.83m and 82kg, Dmitry Mityaev is not your typical ultra runner, but it does not stop him crushing the 140km Elbrus record.

Dmitry Mityaev, Russia’s top trail runner, smashes Mount Elbrus FKT and sets sights on long dominant career
CrossFit Games 2020 to be held remotely; top five athletes invited to California for final showdown

Initially, 30 men and 30 women will compete from their homes or local gyms to earn a spot at the 2020 CrossFit Games finals in the US.

8 Aug 2020 - 4:56PM

Initially, 30 men and 30 women will compete from their homes or local gyms to earn a spot at the 2020 CrossFit Games finals in the US.

CrossFit Games 2020 to be held remotely; top five athletes invited to California for final showdown
What masks are runners using as they battle stifling conditions on the trails in midst of coronavirus measures

Runners in Hong Kong are experimenting with different masks so they can still hit the trails and comply with coronavirus restrictions.

7 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM

Runners in Hong Kong are experimenting with different masks so they can still hit the trails and comply with coronavirus restrictions.

What masks are runners using as they battle stifling conditions on the trails in midst of coronavirus measures
Dan Lawson sets out on Land’s End to John o’ Groats record attempt, urging runners to look to their own countries for adventures

Dan Lawson decides to stop flying for environmental reasons and has a new-found appreciation for his own doorstep.

6 Aug 2020 - 4:28PM

Dan Lawson decides to stop flying for environmental reasons and has a new-found appreciation for his own doorstep.

Dan Lawson sets out on Land’s End to John o’ Groats record attempt, urging runners to look to their own countries for adventures
Weathering coronavirus and the Greg Glassman CrossFit scandal – how Hong Kong gym Typhoon is responding in crisis

David Baker, one of four owners of Typhoon, says it is important to react quickly to Covid-19 policies to keep the business operating and provide workouts for members.

6 Aug 2020 - 11:09AM

David Baker, one of four owners of Typhoon, says it is important to react quickly to Covid-19 policies to keep the business operating and provide workouts for members.

Weathering coronavirus and the Greg Glassman CrossFit scandal – how Hong Kong gym Typhoon is responding in crisis
How to build your running endurance with Australian trail and ultra superstar Lucy Bartholomew

Lucy Bartholomew takes runners through an eight-week training plan that emphasises her personal experience and not just instructions.

4 Aug 2020 - 4:51PM

Lucy Bartholomew takes runners through an eight-week training plan that emphasises her personal experience and not just instructions.

How to build your running endurance with Australian trail and ultra superstar Lucy Bartholomew
Women’s participation in trail running jumps 8 per cent in six years, say ITRA statistics

Trail running’s de facto governing body has released statistics around age, gender, number of runners and races, finishers and more.

31 Jul 2020 - 3:00PM

Trail running’s de facto governing body has released statistics around age, gender, number of runners and races, finishers and more.

Women’s participation in trail running jumps 8 per cent in six years, say ITRA statistics
Hongkonger sets indoor rowing world record hours after finishing a 20km water session

Chan Chi-fung rows for 20km in the morning and then sets the world record on a rowing machine, without even realising it.

31 Jul 2020 - 10:49PM

Chan Chi-fung rows for 20km in the morning and then sets the world record on a rowing machine, without even realising it.

Hongkonger sets indoor rowing world record hours after finishing a 20km water session
How to turn household items into a home gym in the midst of coronavirus and office closures

A bit of imagination and you can vary your workouts by using items like chairs and water bottles while all the gyms are shut.

31 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

A bit of imagination and you can vary your workouts by using items like chairs and water bottles while all the gyms are shut.

How to turn household items into a home gym in the midst of coronavirus and office closures
View From The Edge | Group size rules apply when hiking but police yourself to help beat coronavirus

Small and selfless decisions are needed every day in these trying times, even when out in the hills, and make sure you exercise for your mental and physical health.

29 Jul 2020 - 2:36PM

Small and selfless decisions are needed every day in these trying times, even when out in the hills, and make sure you exercise for your mental and physical health.

Group size rules apply when hiking but police yourself to help beat coronavirus
Wearing masks when trail running or hiking is necessary so adjust expectations or training plans, say Hong Kong’s top trail runners

Follow the rules and try to prevent Covid-19 spreading further, say trail runners, who give their advice on dealing with the restrictions, including ‘please don’t leave a trail of surgical masks’

31 Jul 2020 - 2:06PM

Follow the rules and try to prevent Covid-19 spreading further, say trail runners, who give their advice on dealing with the restrictions, including ‘please don’t leave a trail of surgical masks’

Wearing masks when trail running or hiking is necessary so adjust expectations or training plans, say Hong Kong’s top trail runners
Outdoor bouldering spots in Hong Kong for climbers looking for a new challenge

Gym-goers are stuck for climbing spots as all facilities owing to coronavirus, but this might be the perfect time to transition outdoors.

27 Jul 2020 - 9:00PM

Gym-goers are stuck for climbing spots as all facilities owing to coronavirus, but this might be the perfect time to transition outdoors.

Outdoor bouldering spots in Hong Kong for climbers looking for a new challenge
The Arctic Rower | Rowing the Northwest Passage: Climate change gives adventurers one last great first as ice retreats long enough for human-powered navigation

The Northwest Passage, the Arctic route that links the Atlantic to the Pacific, is rapidly changing as the sea ice melts and is once again the focus for adventurers.

25 Jul 2020 - 9:10PM

The Northwest Passage, the Arctic route that links the Atlantic to the Pacific, is rapidly changing as the sea ice melts and is once again the focus for adventurers.

Rowing the Northwest Passage: Climate change gives adventurers one last great first as ice retreats long enough for human-powered navigation
Best lunch time hikes if you are working from home during coronavirus restrictions in Hong Kong

A short hike can boost your concentration and creativity, helping you have a productive afternoon even if you are stuck at home.

24 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

A short hike can boost your concentration and creativity, helping you have a productive afternoon even if you are stuck at home.

Best lunch time hikes if you are working from home during coronavirus restrictions in Hong Kong
Running 100 miles in Hong Kong’s stifling summer requires different level of mental strength for Pheby’s pre-50 bucket list

Steve Pheby signs up to a virtual race in the wake of Covid-19 cancellations, determined to run 100 miles before he turns 50 next week.

22 Jul 2020 - 5:01PM

Steve Pheby signs up to a virtual race in the wake of Covid-19 cancellations, determined to run 100 miles before he turns 50 next week.

Running 100 miles in Hong Kong’s stifling summer requires different level of mental strength for Pheby’s pre-50 bucket list
Mountaineer’s attempt to climb Himalayan peak sparks journey of the heart, detailed in new book ‘A Story of Karma’

Mike Schauch’s dream of climbing in Nepal is dashed on the slopes of the mountain but little did he know a chance encounter would change his life.

22 Jul 2020 - 9:46AM

Mike Schauch’s dream of climbing in Nepal is dashed on the slopes of the mountain but little did he know a chance encounter would change his life.

Mountaineer’s attempt to climb Himalayan peak sparks journey of the heart, detailed in new book ‘A Story of Karma’
MoonTrekker cancelled as coronavirus continues to create uncertainty in race calendar

One of the most popular races of the trail running calendar, due to take place in October, has been held every year since it started 12 years ago

20 Jul 2020 - 9:52PM

One of the most popular races of the trail running calendar, due to take place in October, has been held every year since it started 12 years ago

MoonTrekker cancelled as coronavirus continues to create uncertainty in race calendar
How to plan for your trail race day, from pacing to nutrition, gear and checkpoints

The most efficient way to run a trail or ultra race is to have a detailed plan of your day, including your pace and resting spots.

19 Jul 2020 - 9:00AM

The most efficient way to run a trail or ultra race is to have a detailed plan of your day, including your pace and resting spots.

How to plan for your trail race day, from pacing to nutrition, gear and checkpoints
Rowing the Atlantic gives Hongkonger a new lease on life, as he questions ‘what am I doing in life, where do I want to be?’

Josh Stone is rowing across the Atlantic in December 2020 and even the process of preparing for the 5,000km challenge has helped him leave behind his unrewarding and repetitive lifestyle.

17 Jul 2020 - 10:41PM

Josh Stone is rowing across the Atlantic in December 2020 and even the process of preparing for the 5,000km challenge has helped him leave behind his unrewarding and repetitive lifestyle.

Rowing the Atlantic gives Hongkonger a new lease on life, as he questions ‘what am I doing in life, where do I want to be?’
How to bounce back mentally from a big fall in climbing so you can return to the crag, bouldering or gym

It can be hard to regain your confidence after a whipper or bad fall, but there are steps you can take to get back to your physical best by working on your head game.

16 Jul 2020 - 9:00AM

It can be hard to regain your confidence after a whipper or bad fall, but there are steps you can take to get back to your physical best by working on your head game.

How to bounce back mentally from a big fall in climbing so you can return to the crag, bouldering or gym
How to improve your running on technical terrain for your next trail or ultra race

Improving your technique and confidence on technical terrain can knock huge amounts off your race time and reduce your chance of injury too.

14 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

Improving your technique and confidence on technical terrain can knock huge amounts off your race time and reduce your chance of injury too.

How to improve your running on technical terrain for your next trail or ultra race
Veronique Bourbeau plans to run 13,000km across Africa to spread human connections and love one step at a time

The Singapore-based runner’s life was changed when a doctor noticed a heart murmur, and she has never looked backed from her running mission since.

12 Jul 2020 - 10:00AM

The Singapore-based runner’s life was changed when a doctor noticed a heart murmur, and she has never looked backed from her running mission since.

Veronique Bourbeau plans to run 13,000km across Africa to spread human connections and love one step at a time
Inspirational schoolchildren take on open-water swim to support teacher and her son battling bone marrow disease

A group of pupils at French International School is swimming 2.4km to show their teacher she is not alone as her son battles a life-threatening disease.

12 Jul 2020 - 3:29PM

A group of pupils at French International School is swimming 2.4km to show their teacher she is not alone as her son battles a life-threatening disease.

Inspirational schoolchildren take on open-water swim to support teacher and her son battling bone marrow disease
Grandson of 1958 America’s Cup sailor takes up mantle for Hong Kong’s Youth team – ‘It wasn’t if I sailed, it was how much’

Calum Gregor’s dedication to sailing was never in doubt, born into a family of seamen and a grandfather who competed at the top of the sport.

11 Jul 2020 - 10:51PM

Calum Gregor’s dedication to sailing was never in doubt, born into a family of seamen and a grandfather who competed at the top of the sport.

Grandson of 1958 America’s Cup sailor takes up mantle for Hong Kong’s Youth team – ‘It wasn’t if I sailed, it was how much’