Mark Agnew

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.
Mark Agnew
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.

Latest from Mark Agnew

Grieving son to carry 45kg in LT70 ultra marathon – a kilogram for every one his father lost during battle against cancer

The former rugby player watched as his father shed the weight of ‘a small human’ but is now determined to raise money on the ultra marathon

13 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

The former rugby player watched as his father shed the weight of ‘a small human’ but is now determined to raise money on the ultra marathon

Grieving son to carry 45kg in LT70 ultra marathon – a kilogram for every one his father lost during battle against cancer
The Adventure Trail: Nancy Jiang sprints past tradition to achieve her childhood dream of crossing the finishing line

How a Chinese-born Kiwi trail running champion found a way to combine a busy career in engineering with a love of competitive running, and how initial resistance from her traditional Chinese family has changed

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How a Chinese-born Kiwi trail running champion found a way to combine a busy career in engineering with a love of competitive running, and how initial resistance from her traditional Chinese family has changed

The Adventure Trail: Nancy Jiang sprints past tradition to achieve her childhood dream of crossing the finishing line
What are the best sailing adventure books? Classic reads about life on the high seas

There is a wealth of books dedicated to ocean-going adventurers and here are some you should bury your nose in to inspire your next expedition.

12 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

There is a wealth of books dedicated to ocean-going adventurers and here are some you should bury your nose in to inspire your next expedition.

What are the best sailing adventure books? Classic reads about life on the high seas
What hiking shoes should I buy in 2019? Salomon, Merrell, Caterpillar and Patagonia

Find the shoe or boot that is perfect for your foot

11 Jul 2019 - 8:00AM

Find the shoe or boot that is perfect for your foot

What hiking shoes should I buy in 2019? Salomon, Merrell, Caterpillar and Patagonia
Hong Kong trail running awards live stream: see all the winners from Saturday’s ceremony

Celebrate the end of another great trail running season by watching the best, most deserving and most improved runners receive recognition for their efforts

6 Jul 2019 - 6:12PM

Celebrate the end of another great trail running season by watching the best, most deserving and most improved runners receive recognition for their efforts

Hong Kong trail running awards live stream: see all the winners from Saturday’s ceremony
What running under shorts are the most comfortable and best to prevent chafing?

Chafing can ruin a run or cost you time in a race, so make sure you are wearing the right shorts

4 Jul 2019 - 3:53PM

Chafing can ruin a run or cost you time in a race, so make sure you are wearing the right shorts

What running under shorts are the most comfortable and best to prevent chafing?
Hong Kong’s teenage triathlon sensation Oscar Coggins readies for Tokyo 2020

The Hong Kong born and raised sensation of English parents is now one of the top triathletes in Asia

5 Jul 2019 - 9:13AM

The Hong Kong born and raised sensation of English parents is now one of the top triathletes in Asia

Hong Kong’s teenage triathlon sensation Oscar Coggins readies for Tokyo 2020
Jim Walmsley reflects on Western States 100 record-breaking run as ‘it doesn’t feel like an accident’

The American runner breaks the record for the second year in a row, despite feeling slow for the first section of the race

3 Jul 2019 - 3:08PM

The American runner breaks the record for the second year in a row, despite feeling slow for the first section of the race

Jim Walmsley reflects on Western States 100 record-breaking run as ‘it doesn’t feel like an accident’
Adventurer, 87, reverses epic 1955 drive from London to Singapore; gives younger generation time to ‘meditate on ageing’

Tim Slessor drove a Land Rover across Europe and Asia in the 1950s through countries that you could not enter now, like Syria and Afghanistan

2 Jul 2019 - 6:15PM

Tim Slessor drove a Land Rover across Europe and Asia in the 1950s through countries that you could not enter now, like Syria and Afghanistan

Adventurer, 87, reverses epic 1955 drive from London to Singapore; gives younger generation time to ‘meditate on ageing’
Free solo climber Austin Howell falls to his death in North Carolina gorge

Austin Howell, a well-known no-rope climber, fell to his death on Sunday.

2 Jul 2019 - 11:02AM

Austin Howell, a well-known no-rope climber, fell to his death on Sunday.

Free solo climber Austin Howell falls to his death in North Carolina gorge
Western States 2019: how high-tempo training with elite Ethiopians helped Briton Tom Evans to podium finish

The Briton runs the fastest ever Western States time by a non-American in 14:59.44, a performance that may well have won it another year

1 Jul 2019 - 1:56PM

The Briton runs the fastest ever Western States time by a non-American in 14:59.44, a performance that may well have won it another year

Western States 2019: how high-tempo training with elite Ethiopians helped Briton Tom Evans to podium finish
Clare Gallagher crowned fastest woman at Western States after epic battle; defending champion Courtney Dauwalter drops out

Gallagher took the lead over Dauwalter with 36km to go and never looked back, claiming victory at the famous 100-miler.

1 Jul 2019 - 12:06PM

Gallagher took the lead over Dauwalter with 36km to go and never looked back, claiming victory at the famous 100-miler.

Clare Gallagher crowned fastest woman at Western States after epic battle; defending champion Courtney Dauwalter drops out
The Adventure Trail: Talking social media purges, Asian cultural pressure and body image with Bobbi Poulton and Samantha Chan

Two of Hong Kong’s top female athletes, ultra runner Samantha Chan and crossfit trainer Bobbi Poulton talk about the pressure and pushback. Hear how Instagram has become a toxic influence upon the professionals in the crossfit industry as well as the young women getting involved in gyms and exercise

30 Jun 2019 - 1:54PM

Two of Hong Kong’s top female athletes, ultra runner Samantha Chan and crossfit trainer Bobbi Poulton talk about the pressure and pushback. Hear how Instagram has become a toxic influence upon the professionals in the crossfit industry as well as the young women getting involved in gyms and exercise

The Adventure Trail: Talking social media purges, Asian cultural pressure and body image with Bobbi Poulton and Samantha Chan
Jim Walmsley breaks Western States record for second year in a row, taking 20 minutes off former best time

The American runner took the lead between the first and second aid station then motored on to a monumental finish

1 Jul 2019 - 12:05PM

The American runner took the lead between the first and second aid station then motored on to a monumental finish

Jim Walmsley breaks Western States record for second year in a row, taking 20 minutes off former best time
What are the top ultra and trail running podcasts to listen to out on the hills in 2019?

There are a range of podcasts that approach endurance sport differently, some from a race perspective, others from a historical one, while some explore the personalities

3 Jul 2019 - 5:18PM

There are a range of podcasts that approach endurance sport differently, some from a race perspective, others from a historical one, while some explore the personalities

What are the top ultra and trail running podcasts to listen to out on the hills in 2019?
View From The Edge | Should elite trail runners be required to carry the same mandatory gear as the rest of us?

If the elites had lighter packs ITRA would cease to be objective because it would be difficult to compare performances between people carrying different loads

28 Jun 2019 - 1:39PM

If the elites had lighter packs ITRA would cease to be objective because it would be difficult to compare performances between people carrying different loads

Should elite trail runners be required to carry the same mandatory gear as the rest of us?
Elite trail runners seemed like UFOs or another species to Janice Cheung, but now the Oxfam Trailwalker winner is one of them

When the Hong Kong runner first completed the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker it took 41 hours, this season she won it in 15 hours

27 Jun 2019 - 10:24PM

When the Hong Kong runner first completed the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker it took 41 hours, this season she won it in 15 hours

Elite trail runners seemed like UFOs or another species to Janice Cheung, but now the Oxfam Trailwalker winner is one of them
What are the best strength exercises for trail runners? Improve core, calves and hamstrings for better balance

Trail runners should incorporate weight and strength training, not just to improve their performance but also to prevent injury.

26 Jun 2019 - 2:37PM

Trail runners should incorporate weight and strength training, not just to improve their performance but also to prevent injury.

What are the best strength exercises for trail runners? Improve core, calves and hamstrings for better balance
John Oliver lashes out over ‘white guilt’ on commercial Everest expeditions; takes aim at British adventurer Ben Fogle

The US-based comedian examines the tricky relationship between the risk taking Sherpa of Everest and their high-paying clients.

25 Jun 2019 - 12:07PM

The US-based comedian examines the tricky relationship between the risk taking Sherpa of Everest and their high-paying clients.

John Oliver lashes out over ‘white guilt’ on commercial Everest expeditions; takes aim at British adventurer Ben Fogle
Asia Triathlon Championship golds for father and daughter duo as parent acts as ‘mentor, not coach’

Olivier Courret believes the fastest way to improve in triathlons is through enjoyment, so he never pushes his daughter but she excels anyway.

24 Jun 2019 - 3:28PM

Olivier Courret believes the fastest way to improve in triathlons is through enjoyment, so he never pushes his daughter but she excels anyway.

Asia Triathlon Championship golds for father and daughter duo as parent acts as ‘mentor, not coach’
Western States 100: Lehkonen puts faith in ‘miracle’ power watt monitor for pacing at famous ultra-marathon

Henri Lehkonen swears by the power meter he attaches to his shoe that ensures he is not going too fast too soon.

21 Jun 2019 - 7:10PM

Henri Lehkonen swears by the power meter he attaches to his shoe that ensures he is not going too fast too soon.

Western States 100: Lehkonen puts faith in ‘miracle’ power watt monitor for pacing at famous ultra-marathon
Everest mountaineer returns to Himalayas to build post-earthquake Nepal schools 43 years after first expedition

Roy Francis took part in the 1976 British Army Everest expedition and never imagined how much he would gain from the Himalayas.

21 Jun 2019 - 2:12PM

Roy Francis took part in the 1976 British Army Everest expedition and never imagined how much he would gain from the Himalayas.

Everest mountaineer returns to Himalayas to build post-earthquake Nepal schools 43 years after first expedition
Israel Folau sets up crowdfunding page for legal dispute over homophobic social media posts

The Australian rugby player has locked horns with the authorities declaring no one should be fired for their religious beliefs.

21 Jun 2019 - 10:23AM

The Australian rugby player has locked horns with the authorities declaring no one should be fired for their religious beliefs.

Israel Folau sets up crowdfunding page for legal dispute over homophobic social media posts
Which trail running shoes should I buy? Hoka, Salomon, Merrell, La Sportiva, Altra, Nike and Inov 8 among the best

The top companies are constantly bringing out new models. Here are some of the more famous trail brands’ most recent shoes

21 Jun 2019 - 9:37AM

The top companies are constantly bringing out new models. Here are some of the more famous trail brands’ most recent shoes

Which trail running shoes should I buy? Hoka, Salomon, Merrell, La Sportiva, Altra, Nike and Inov 8 among the best
View From The Edge | Trail running is perfect for Hong Kong 2022 Gay Games as it is the ultimate inclusive sport

No other sports pit the best and novices against each other, making trail running unique.

19 Jun 2019 - 9:56AM

No other sports pit the best and novices against each other, making trail running unique.

Trail running is perfect for Hong Kong 2022 Gay Games as it is the ultimate inclusive sport
Why do people climb mountains? Adrian Hayes questions social media motivation against personal significance

Hayes climbs Everest and K2, but is forced to ask himself why he risks his life to ensure his goals are still internal

17 Jun 2019 - 6:10PM

Hayes climbs Everest and K2, but is forced to ask himself why he risks his life to ensure his goals are still internal

Why do people climb mountains? Adrian Hayes questions social media motivation against personal significance
Dominant Whelan loves to win trail races in breakout year, but is determined to get faster and further next season

The Briton took podium after podium in this year’s trail running season, but believes with more quality training, instead of quantity, he could get faster

17 Jun 2019 - 10:36AM

The Briton took podium after podium in this year’s trail running season, but believes with more quality training, instead of quantity, he could get faster

Dominant Whelan loves to win trail races in breakout year, but is determined to get faster and further next season
The top 5 offshore sailing races to catch in Asia – must do races for yacht enthusiasts

Incredible races from Hong Kong to the rest of Southeast Asia and events in Australia too

17 Jun 2019 - 1:07PM

Incredible races from Hong Kong to the rest of Southeast Asia and events in Australia too

The top 5 offshore sailing races to catch in Asia – must do races for yacht enthusiasts
Terminal lung cancer fails to stop runner from following her passion and ‘living with death’

American runner says her disease gives her perspective on life as she heads to the Mongolia three-day ultramarathon

14 Jun 2019 - 11:54AM

American runner says her disease gives her perspective on life as she heads to the Mongolia three-day ultramarathon

Terminal lung cancer fails to stop runner from following her passion and ‘living with death’
Adventure Trail: Adrian Hayes talks big goals, the perils of scaling K2 and information overload

A self-described school dropout who defied the odds to achieve his dream of summiting Everest explains how his journey to climb Pakistan’s K2 helped him put his life priorities back into perspective.

14 Jun 2019 - 9:50AM

A self-described school dropout who defied the odds to achieve his dream of summiting Everest explains how his journey to climb Pakistan’s K2 helped him put his life priorities back into perspective.

Adventure Trail: Adrian Hayes talks big goals, the perils of scaling K2 and information overload