Mary Hui

Mary Hui

Mary Hui is a Hong Kong-based writer. Her work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CityLab.

Latest from Mary Hui

Trail Mix | Better coastal defences against typhoons and waves in Hong Kong will protect the city’s road running routes

Typhoon Mangkhut highlighted the need for Hong Kong to improve protection against extreme weather, which will help road runners follow the coastline.

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Typhoon Mangkhut highlighted the need for Hong Kong to improve protection against extreme weather, which will help road runners follow the coastline.

Better coastal defences against typhoons and waves in Hong Kong will protect the city’s road running routes
How the Oxfam Trailwalker unofficial mixed record was set by four runners, cobbled together at the last minute to produce a performance of positivity

Team Gone Running-Joint Dynamics run the 100km course in 12 hours 45 minutes pushing through pain, despite the race officially being cancelled.

18 Nov 2019 - 3:14PM

Team Gone Running-Joint Dynamics run the 100km course in 12 hours 45 minutes pushing through pain, despite the race officially being cancelled.

How the Oxfam Trailwalker unofficial mixed record was set by four runners, cobbled together at the last minute to produce a performance of positivity
Trail Mix | Oxfam Trailwalker: lessons learned from training for my first 100km race

Only a few months ago, running 100km would have seemed ridiculous to Mary Hui but now she is just a week away from running Hong Kong’s most famous ultra.

8 Nov 2019 - 6:05PM

Only a few months ago, running 100km would have seemed ridiculous to Mary Hui but now she is just a week away from running Hong Kong’s most famous ultra.

Oxfam Trailwalker: lessons learned from training for my first 100km race
Trail Mix | Dazed and confused, Hongkonger Hayward is ‘last man standing’ after epic performance in Tennessee

Hongkonger’s race ends when he falls unconscious during hike.

27 Oct 2019 - 3:13PM

Hongkonger’s race ends when he falls unconscious during hike.

Dazed and confused, Hongkonger Hayward is ‘last man standing’ after epic performance in Tennessee
Trail Mix | Rosie Watson runs from UK to Mongolia for climate change, free of stress because life is full of hazards

The Lake District fell runner is embarking on an epic run, combating injury risks, winter weather and language barriers by focusing on one month at a time.

18 Oct 2019 - 1:42PM

The Lake District fell runner is embarking on an epic run, combating injury risks, winter weather and language barriers by focusing on one month at a time.

Rosie Watson runs from UK to Mongolia for climate change, free of stress because life is full of hazards
Trail Mix | How Olympic hopeful Wong smashed her marathon personal best with altitude, attitude and weight training

The Hong Kong runner spends time in Yunnan to benefit from the altitude, and spends far more time in the gym getting stronger.

13 Oct 2019 - 4:48PM

The Hong Kong runner spends time in Yunnan to benefit from the altitude, and spends far more time in the gym getting stronger.

How Olympic hopeful Wong smashed her marathon personal best with altitude, attitude and weight training
Trail Mix | Hong Kong protests spread to trail races, as runners chant slogans and wear posters calling for ‘revolution of our times’

The masses of runners lined up for races bring their political stance to the course, calling for other participants to ‘add oil’ and to ‘restore Hong Kong’.

5 Oct 2019 - 9:11PM

The masses of runners lined up for races bring their political stance to the course, calling for other participants to ‘add oil’ and to ‘restore Hong Kong’.

Hong Kong protests spread to trail races, as runners chant slogans and wear posters calling for ‘revolution of our times’
Trail Mix | Urban running in Hong Kong just got a lot better, thanks to protesters’ removal of metal fences

The protesters have inadvertently done wonders for the urban walkability of Hong Kong.

23 Sep 2019 - 3:29PM

The protesters have inadvertently done wonders for the urban walkability of Hong Kong.

Urban running in Hong Kong just got a lot better, thanks to protesters’ removal of metal fences
Trail Mix | Why elite athletes’ breath smells – ultra runners love to load up on sugar, but what is it doing to their oral health?

Gels, Coke, energy bars and chocolate might be great for a boost on the trails, but they can lead to tooth decay and gum issues.

6 Sep 2019 - 1:38PM

Gels, Coke, energy bars and chocolate might be great for a boost on the trails, but they can lead to tooth decay and gum issues.

Why elite athletes’ breath smells – ultra runners love to load up on sugar, but what is it doing to their oral health?
Trail Mix | Bruce Lee’s ‘be water’ philosophy works for Hong Kong protests – can it work for trail runners?

The anti-government protests, sparked by the now shelved extradition bill, have evoked the famous martial artist’s motto to stay fluid.

28 Aug 2019 - 3:09PM

The anti-government protests, sparked by the now shelved extradition bill, have evoked the famous martial artist’s motto to stay fluid.

Bruce Lee’s ‘be water’ philosophy works for Hong Kong protests – can it work for trail runners?
Trail Mix | Trying to run when tired – the importance of sleep and how to overcome exhaustion on multi-day ultramarathons

Mary Hui never realised the finite nature of mental energy until she tried running on little sleep after an exhausting week at the Hong Kong protests.

23 Aug 2019 - 4:06PM

Mary Hui never realised the finite nature of mental energy until she tried running on little sleep after an exhausting week at the Hong Kong protests.

Trying to run when tired – the importance of sleep and how to overcome exhaustion on multi-day ultramarathons
Trail Mix | How to deal with your first ‘DNF’ in trail running, and the liberation it brings, as Fredelyn Alberto puts health over finish

The Hong Kong-based runner was always afraid a Did Not Finish would mean she let her supporters down, but really it is about putting her body first

14 Aug 2019 - 2:53PM

The Hong Kong-based runner was always afraid a Did Not Finish would mean she let her supporters down, but really it is about putting her body first

How to deal with your first ‘DNF’ in trail running, and the liberation it brings, as Fredelyn Alberto puts health over finish
Trail Mix | How to dry your running shoes in Hong Kong’s humid season – don’t miss training just because it’s raining

Runners wanting to train multiple days in a row face the dilemma of having perpetually wet shoes – but here are a few tricks to try out

7 Aug 2019 - 3:34PM

Runners wanting to train multiple days in a row face the dilemma of having perpetually wet shoes – but here are a few tricks to try out

How to dry your running shoes in Hong Kong’s humid season – don’t miss training just because it’s raining
Trail Mix | Hong Kong runners join extradition bill protests with Lennon Wall Run, echoing umbrella ultra in 2014, as way to make voices heard

John Ellis and others find creative and non-violent way to protest against extradition bill and mainland encroachment by running

29 Jul 2019 - 11:09AM

John Ellis and others find creative and non-violent way to protest against extradition bill and mainland encroachment by running

Hong Kong runners join extradition bill protests with Lennon Wall Run, echoing umbrella ultra in 2014, as way to make voices heard
Trail Mix | Biodegradable energy gel packets are a new tool in trail runners’ quest for sustainability

Bioplastic energy gel packets are made from compostable material that disappears with rain and insects

19 Jul 2019 - 4:27PM

Bioplastic energy gel packets are made from compostable material that disappears with rain and insects

Biodegradable energy gel packets are a new tool in trail runners’ quest for sustainability
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

16 Jul 2019 - 8:18AM

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
Trail Mix | Asia bucks global trends in road running with a young market promising more growth

Participation in road running races in Asia has increased 169 per cent in the past five years, according to a new report

11 Jul 2019 - 9:22AM

Participation in road running races in Asia has increased 169 per cent in the past five years, according to a new report

Asia bucks global trends in road running with a young market promising more growth
Trail Mix | Why are there so few female sports coaches? Gender stereotypes and lack of role models fuel inequality

Most sportspeople, men or women, have progressed thier whole career without a single female coach, writes Mary Hui

4 Jul 2019 - 2:21PM

Most sportspeople, men or women, have progressed thier whole career without a single female coach, writes Mary Hui

Why are there so few female sports coaches? Gender stereotypes and lack of role models fuel inequality
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
Trail Mix | Is Lion Rock the spirit animal of Hong Kong’s trail running community? Echoes of a self-sufficient, generous society within society

Lion Rock looks over the city and has acted as a metaphor for grit and determination for years

26 Jun 2019 - 11:51AM

Lion Rock looks over the city and has acted as a metaphor for grit and determination for years

Is Lion Rock the spirit animal of Hong Kong’s trail running community? Echoes of a self-sufficient, generous society within society
Trail Mix | What fruit best describes you as a trail runner – a slow-burning banana or an all-show, no go dragon fruit?

Are you at every race like the common apple or are you more obsessed with selfies like a pineapple?

19 Jun 2019 - 5:05PM

Are you at every race like the common apple or are you more obsessed with selfies like a pineapple?

What fruit best describes you as a trail runner – a slow-burning banana or an all-show, no go dragon fruit?
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
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
Trail Mix | Trail World Championships: Hong Kong duo put up a fight but can’t counter ‘aggressive’ tactics

Wong Ho-chung is surprised by the level of competition and faces difficulty of racing solo against countries with full teams

12 Jun 2019 - 1:58PM

Wong Ho-chung is surprised by the level of competition and faces difficulty of racing solo against countries with full teams

Trail World Championships: Hong Kong duo put up a fight but can’t counter ‘aggressive’ tactics
Trail Mix | How to run downhill on Hong Kong’s slippery slopes and wet stairs – Lean in and wear the right shoes, say pro trail runners

Marie McNaugton and Wong Ho-chung say that light feet are key to downhill success

10 Jun 2019 - 2:37PM

Marie McNaugton and Wong Ho-chung say that light feet are key to downhill success

How to run downhill on Hong Kong’s slippery slopes and wet stairs – Lean in and wear the right shoes, say pro trail runners
Trail World Championships: Leung Ying-suet loves life in the fast lane as she hits the road for Portugal

Hongkonger is excited about the short, fast course for this weekend’s 44km race in Portugal after last year’s 85km ultra.

4 Jun 2019 - 11:03PM

Hongkonger is excited about the short, fast course for this weekend’s 44km race in Portugal after last year’s 85km ultra.

Trail World Championships: Leung Ying-suet loves life in the fast lane as she hits the road for Portugal
The Adventure Trail: Leung Ying-suet talks trail running in Hong Kong and Portugal for her World Trail Championship mission

One of Hong Kong’s most accomplished trail runners talks of her preparations for the 2019 ITSA Trail World Championships, and how the climate and geography of her home have helped her build fitness and stamina.

31 May 2019 - 2:36PM

One of Hong Kong’s most accomplished trail runners talks of her preparations for the 2019 ITSA Trail World Championships, and how the climate and geography of her home have helped her build fitness and stamina.

The Adventure Trail: Leung Ying-suet talks trail running in Hong Kong and Portugal for her World Trail Championship mission
Trail Mix | Running along Hong Kong’s catchwaters, and seeing the city’s history

Hong Kong is home to around 120km of water drainage systems that are perfect for running.

29 May 2019 - 11:59AM

Hong Kong is home to around 120km of water drainage systems that are perfect for running.

Running along Hong Kong’s catchwaters, and seeing the city’s history
Trail Mix | How to run in Hong Kong’s hot summers – ice, topless running and more ice

Having ice is one thing, knowing how to use it is another, but luckily runners have invented clever ways to keep it pressed against your sweaty body.

22 May 2019 - 10:54AM

Having ice is one thing, knowing how to use it is another, but luckily runners have invented clever ways to keep it pressed against your sweaty body.

How to run in Hong Kong’s hot summers – ice, topless running and more ice
The Adventure Trail: Simon McCartney discusses ‘The Bond’ and his return to mountain climbing

Once a rockstar of mountain climbing in the 1970s, Simon McCartney discusses the emotional journey that lead him to write the cult classic book ‘The Bond’, and his decision to return to Alaska for a climbing expedition

17 May 2019 - 3:39PM

Once a rockstar of mountain climbing in the 1970s, Simon McCartney discusses the emotional journey that lead him to write the cult classic book ‘The Bond’, and his decision to return to Alaska for a climbing expedition

The Adventure Trail: Simon McCartney discusses ‘The Bond’ and his return to mountain climbing