AR Events at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012
The AR Events Team was present at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards at ExCel, London on 16th December. The company which was appointed as 'nominated agency' for the event was responsible for selling over 650 corporate packages for the unforgettable evening.
Guests dined in the Capital Hall prior to the show before watching a galaxy of stars appear in front of a 'sold out' crowd of 16,000 for the awards ceremony. The Duchess of Cambridge presented the famous trophy to the winner, cycling's Bradley Wiggins, with other highlights including Usain Bolt claiming the Overseas Personality of the Year, the GB Olympic and Paralympic Team winning the Team of the Year and London 2012 supremo Lord Coe collecting the Lifetime Achievement Award. After the ceremony corporate guests and the sporting celebrities partied into the small hours with Bradley Wiggins taking part in an impromtu jamming session with the party band.
AR Events Director Andrew Roebuck is pictured above with the Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany who lifted the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League Trophy. Sales Manager Tom McCreadie is seen below with Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe who with Tom Daley presented the Young Sports Personality of the Year to Josef Craig.
Clare claims Burghley Prize!
Clare Freer was the lucky winner of two full hospitality packages for the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials awarded by AR Events. Clare successfully answered the question in the official programme along with a number of Burghley attendees and her entry was drawn out of the hat at the AR Events offices. She is pictured with Charles Webb, director at AR Events.
Clare said,' I am absolutely delighted to have won the prize and look forward to coming to Burghley on Cross Country Day. It should be a real treat for myself and my daughter Frances, as we are both horse mad and have enjoyed coming to Burghley in the past as spectators'.
AR Events offers excellent packages across the 4 days at Burghley with the dates for the 2013 event being 5 - 8 September.
No acts have currently been confirmed for the upcoming 44th Glastonbury Festival next June between 26th – 29th, however speculation is already rising about whom it will be. This year saw the Arctic monkeys, the legendary Rolling Stones and Mumford and Sons top the bill on the world renowned Pyramid Stage, with strong rumours for 2014 headliners including Foo Fighters, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac, Glastonbury Festival looks set for yet another successful year!
First Ashes Test - England Defeated
Tuesday 26th November
England suffered a dramatic batting collapse in Brisbane as Australia drew first blood in the Ashes series with a 381-run victory with a day to spare. Australia are yet to lose at The 'Gabbatoir', this run remains to be beaten since 1988.
Chasing 561, the tourists fought their way to 142-4 in the afternoon before a break in play due to a torrential thunderstorm led to a dramatic change in fortunes.
On their return to the middle England lost four wickets for nine runs, once again the spin-pace combination of Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Johnson doing the damage.
The rot set in from the moment Alastair Cook edged Lyon through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin from just the second ball he faced after the resumption, the visiting skipper falling for a gritty 65 that spanned 195 balls.
Matt Prior (four) also fell to Lyon before a pumped up Johnson sent back Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann in the space of three balls, both to catches behind the wicket.
Having lost 6-9 in the first innings, England were looking down the barrel of being bowled out cheaply for a second successive time in the match.
Cook was once again the leader of the rear-guard action, his defiance raising memories of his knock of 235 that spanned over 10 hours in a drawn match in Brisbane at the start of the last series Down Under.
Kevin Pietersen put on 52 with his skipper before following the example of Jonathan Trott in falling to the hook shot, Johnson again the benefactor as his bouncer was deposited straight down the throat of substitute fielder Chris Sabburg at fine leg.
Ian Bell came out to make sure the tourists suffered no further losses before the lunch break, and his alliance with Cook had reached 58 by the time he was dismissed by Peter Siddle for 32.
At that stage England were 130-4 - just above 10 overs later, albeit with a lengthy delay in between due to a stunning downpour of huge hailstones - it was 151-8 with the only question being whether the game would be done before any further weather interruptions.
Chris Tremlett (seven) hung around for 41 deliveries before popping Ryan Harris to short leg, then fittingly Johnson finished things off - and completed his five-wicket haul - by taking a simple return catch from James Anderson.
It left Joe Root high and dry on 26 not out, his brief cameo offering some crumb of comfort in an otherwise disappointing performance from the visitors. However there is much for team director Andy Flower and his on-field lieutenant Cook to consider ahead of the next Test in Adelaide.
Before then there is a break in Alice Springs and a tour fixture which offers their beleaguered batsmen a chance for some much-needed time in the middle. At least there they won't have to see Johnson, who finished with match figures of 9-103 and also weighed in with 103 runs with the bat.