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Mount Cameroon Race of Hope Facts File.

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• The last time a foreign athlete won the race was in 1990 when British lady Smith Sally Gold and Switzerland’s Pierre André Gobet won in the women’s and men’s categories respectively. It was also the first edition of the race that started from the Molyko Omnisport Stadium where it has stayed till date.
The previous starting point of the race was at the old Buea Town Green.

• Godlove Gabsibuim is the most successful athlete in the male category with a record five wins. His win in last year’s race was his fifth (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020).

• Otherwise known as the ‘Queen of the Mountain’, Sarah Liengu Etongue (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003,2005) and Ngwaya Yvonne (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2015,2016) are the most successful female athletes with seven wins each.

• Since Reginald Esuka Wose won the race in 1988 using 3h51m47s, no athlete from the host division, named after the Mountain, Fako, has succeeded to win the race in the men’s category.

• Six Fako natives in the men category have won the race. John Ekema -1973, David Ngou Njombe-1974, Amos Ndumbe Evambe-1975, Simon Ndive -1982, Franz Gobina Monyonge- 1983 and Reginald Esuka-1988.

• Rev. Fr. Walter Stifter is the only male to have won the race three times in a role. That was from 1976 to 1978.

• Helene Diamantides(1989) from Great Britain was the first foreign female athlete to win the race.

• When the race started in 1973, a total of 140 athletes took part. The first prize was FCFA 30,000 and 10 cartons of Guinness, FCFA 20,000 and 8 cartons of Guinness, FCFA 10,000 and 6 cartons of Guinness. Meanwhile, the compensatory prize was FCFA 500 and 2 cartons of Guinness.

• The first edition of the Mount Cameroon Race took place on March 10, 1973. The starting and finishing point was BTTC Field now known today as BHS Field in Buea.

• Emilia Mojoko Ngonja won the first edition of the Women’s category organized in 1983. She won the race using 5h38m00sec.

• Only three foreigners Helene Diamentides of Great Britain-1988, Rueda Fabiola from Argentina-1989 and Smith Sally Gold from Great Britain-1990 have won the race in the women’s category.

• Rev Fr Walter Stifter(1976, 1977 and 1978-Italy), Mike Short(1984 and 1985-Britain), Jack Maitland(1989-Britain), Andre Pierre Gobet(1990-Switzerland) are the only four foreign athletes to have won the race in the men’s category.

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