Veteran athlete Charles Musowa equalled last year’s winner for the Mount Mulanje Porters race to win the 2017 edition. The 5-time winner finished the race in 2 hours 8 minutes equaling Leo Chikhwaza’s records for last year.
In the ladies category, another veteran runner Doris Fischer defended her title having finished above experienced Tereza Master and others. The 4 time porters race winner finished the race after 2 hours 37 minutes and 14 seconds beating off her last year’s victory having finished the race in 2 hours and 40 minutes.
However, the talking point was on Master’s decision to contest having given birth three months ago. The 9 time porters race winner was told not to contest by her doctors but she still went ahead and finished on 6th position.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the race, Master said she felt being robbed by those above her except Fischer who she claims to be her biggest rival in the game.
“Am very disappointed with this year’s organisation. I really wanted to be among the top 3 having made such a tough decision to contest baring my condition.
However, I felt this was a good training platform for me ahead of other competitions. I recently was meant to represent the country in Namibia but my condition could not allow me to. I was very bitter and this perhaps was the reason behind my decision to contest,” said Master.
In his remarks, Musowa said he wanted a revenge on Chikhwaza who has just been recruited by the Malawi Defence Force and missed the race as he is undergoing training.
“Am happy to reclaim my title. But I really wanted Chikhwaza in this year’s race. I guess he is now aware that am equally good and maybe better than him. This was a revenge for me having lost the title last year,” said Musowa.
The 2017 Porters race organised by Mount Mulanje Conservation Trust was sponsored by TNM.