Olympic and Commonwealth Games 200m sprinter Christian Malcolm was guest of honour for City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club’s glittering award ceremony and ball at the Guildhall, where he revealed his mantra for overcoming big-event nerves that once threatened to blight his career.
Malcolm described how after a tough childhood in South Wales his work ethic and talent enabled him to rise to a level where he could enjoy representing Team GB against the world’s biggest names in sprinting.
By endlessly repeating to himself: ‘as soon as the gun goes, you go’ he found a way to shut out negative thinking when it most mattered, enabling him to fly out of the starting blocks on his way to the finish line half a lap away. Simple, but it certainly worked for him and contributed to a long succession of superb results at the top of the sport.
His advice to aspiring Salisbury athletes was to aim high, to work hard at their chosen specialism and when racing always to focus on personal performance rather than take undue notice of competitors.
Photos courtesy of Spencer Mullholland
Malcolm went on to present the year’s awards as follows:
Female cross country – Aly Sloane. A cross country enthusiast and our unofficial ladies’ captain. Runs with a style that belies her veteran status.
Male cross country – Eddie O’Gorman. Since joining the club has added something special, positively charging round each course with a ferocity that is a joy to behold.
Female road racing – Charlotte Ingram. Joined club in 2016 and a great enthusiast; each time she runs she improves whether XC, parkrun or on the road – a real asset to the club.
Male road racing – Reece Ingram. A real team man, putting in big performances in the Hants road race league and is versatile too.
Female track and field – Alex Mundell. Ladies’ team captain, but not afraid to bully men as well. On track competes at up to ten events a day! National no. 1 for under 20’s 10mile.
Male track and field – Andy Holme. ‘Put me down for anything’ are brave words to say on the Salisbury team coach on the way to a fixture. Has contributed hugely to team spirit in the track team. We are so lucky we have found you Andy.
Most improved female – Jane Whiteley. Is always there for the road running team and 2016 has seen big improvements over nearly every distance. Unassuming and helpful, Jane is a big help with the club’s 10mile road race too.
Most improved male – Nick Hudson. What a year he has had, with PB’s and improvements all round, despite injury. Clearly loves his running.
Top new member – Mark Glanville. Mark joined in 2016 and has really got stuck in. He’s a regular at training sessions and came from Lordshill fully equipped with a LIRF qualification and some great ideas.
Top female participant – Liz Roberts. A new award to recognise those who compete regularly for the club but who don’t steal the headlines. The hardest category to judge as there are so many, and everyone’s contribution is valuable but there can be only one winner!
Top male participant – Colin Martin. Same applies, and Colin is a worthy winner.
Top coach – Owen Brown. A fine young coach who earns admiration of others for his ability to hold the attention of 9-11 year –olds. He is inspiring a lot of young athletes with his enthusiasm and treats even the most difficult children with kindness and respect.
Top official – Andy Angell. Our chief field judge and referee for a long time. He frees his diary for the SAL season each year and travels to wherever teh team needs him. He’s totally invaluable to us, both as a great official and also a fine long jump and triple jump coach.
Top volunteer – Gary Domoney. Another difficult category with strong claims also for Alan Munro, Stuart Holloway, Liz Roberts and John and Sylvia. Gary won through as coach, a field official, a track team manager, as well as head of tweeting and controller of the club’s gazebo.
Best for club spirit – Emma Clarke and Stuart Holloway. Emma is at Birmingham Uni but travels the country to support and compete for the club. Famously turned up to a match with a broken tibia but willing to compete in hurdles and pole vault. Totally lacking in professionalism but not lacking in commitment, she steeplechased (and got a pb) with a birthday hangover, and was also filmed by national TV being sick in a cross country race. Also famed for her brownies.
Stuart has worked so hard to help the club move forward in the past year. He wins this award for developing a new strategy for the Weds night running group, encouraging new run leaders and generally making it happen; and for his tireless efforts as race director organising the club’s flagship 10mile road race; as well as being a rather good team athlete; and most of all for cleaning the clubhouse!
Finally, to a standing ovation, a special award was presented by Alex Mundell to coach Dave Amey for 50 years’ service to the club – need we say more?!