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February 11, 2014

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Samira Edi

My fondest memories of the BMR always include Mike Short. As a youngster, he was the legend of the uphill race, the conqueror of the ultimate assault course. For some weird reasons, which are not only attributable to age, I have no recollections of Fathers Jack Maithland or Walter Shrifter, although I have fleeting flashes of the name of a "Father" being peddled. But even before I read the article, the first name that came to mind was Mike Short-- he left an huge impression. Besides Mbella Kake; a permanent feature of such legendary status like the Fako Mountain himself, and Nyango Sarah Liengu who blazed the trail and inspired the female mountaineers, Mike Short's Fako Mt exploits, as one of the best runners of all time is indelibly etched in my memory. I wonder what made him so special.

Simon

I hiked up Mt. Cameroon in March, weeks after this year´s race on the so-called guinnes track. This unforgettable experience in the heart of Mt. Cameroon National Park was tarnished by the repulsive sight of large amounts of plastic litter along the track, discarded by runners who probably trusted that waste removal was covered by their starting fee. (According to a guide, the large scale burning of the landscape was also race-related, as part of the "preparation" of the track.) It´s sad to see that neihter the main sponsor nor public authorities proove capable of defending efas´a moto against such abuse. I´m just a foreigner, but maybe someone comes up with a way to pressure Guinness into cleaning up its act and the mountain it exploits for its commercial purposes - like collecting the waste and dumping it right into of the Guinness headquarter with TV cameras rolling.

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