The South West Region region did not put up a satisfactory show at the just ended 16th edition of the Mt Cameroon Race of hope.
The annual traditional race that took place, Saturday feb 26th was under the auspices of the Minister of Sports and Physical Education Michel Zoah. In an address, the Minister said the race is ” a moment to brave some tests, notably that covers a distance of 42km…. the government has put everything in place for the effective functioning of the race.”
This years race drew over 600 athletes from Cameroon and the world over. The athletes were divided into three categories : Veterans who ran from Molyko-Upper Farms, Junior( from Molyko-Hault III), Relay (Molyko-Hault I-Hault II-Hault III) and the Senior Category (from Molyko-Summit)
The kick-off time was reserved for 7.am. Barely 4hours later, Mbacham Eric from the emerged 1st in Senior Category in 4hrs;29 mins, followed by Godlove Kapsibi (4hrs-36mins) and Lawal Ibrahim (4hrs :37mins) all from the North West Region as 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively.
On their part, the defending female champion Yvonne Ngwaya won the race for the 3rd time in a row finishing at (5hrs:37), followed by Lizette Ngalim (5hrs:44mins) & Patience Timpe(5hrs:55mins) all from the North West Region.
For the veteran category, the 1st was Isaac Fondungbin with Gaston Njeum and Rene Ndiffa finishing as 2nd and 3rd respectively. The winners of the senior categories(male & female) received 3 million FCFA for the 1st Prize, 2 million for the 2nd prize and 1 million for the 3rd prize. Those of the veteran category were handed 1.5million for the 1st prize, 1million for the 2nd and 900.000fcfa for the 3rd. The junior categories received 200,000fcfa for the 1st, 150.000fcfa for the 2nd and 100.00fcfa for the 3rd prize.
The event also saw the handing over of wheel chairs and supporting materials to the physically challenged and awarding of text books to selected schools in the region by the Chantal Biya foundation.
Amongst the top guns were the Governor of the South West Region Koumpa Issa, soccer legend Albert Roger Milla, President of the Athletics Federation Jacques Sebastian Mbous and a host of others.
By, Guilio Ngoran Berngeh