dinner was organised by one of Simon's former Bath rugby team-mates - David
Guest Speaker at the event was former England
Rugby Coach Sir Clive Woodward (right), who guided the England rugby
team to World Cup glory in 2003.
The event was attended by 500 guests, who
enjoyed a delicious 4 course meal.
The evening featured 2 auctions - one
'traditional' and one 'silent'.
Auction items included various pieces of rugby
memorabilia, such as a 1974 Lions Tour shirt signed by all the players, and
various prints, cartoons and photos of the 2003 World Cup winning England
10 lucky guests also successfully bid to have
their picture taken with Sir Clive, whilst wearing Jason Leonard's 2003
World Cup winner's medal.
A number of paintings and other pieces of sports
paraphernalia were also auctioned, with many items being sold for
CRY Chief Executive Alison Cox also spoke at the
event about CRY's work, taking inspiration from Sir Clive's earlier
presentation about achieving success.
Alison also presented Simon Halliday with a
watercolour painting of Bath (below right), by CRY supporter John
Bennett. This was to thank Simon for all his hard work and support for
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On Sunday 25th March, Simon Halliday
took part in the 2007 Bath Half Marathon with friends, family and colleagues, including his wife Suzanne,
daughter Sophie, David Trick (former England and Bath Rugby player), Mike
Davies, Charles Ryan, Lenka Pyskova, Bethan Mills, Helen Fenwick, Caroline
Rowland, as well as other runners' family and friends.
The runners had plenty of support on the day,
including Ulton and Elizabeth Ryan, Barbara Ryan, and Emma Jane Davies.
Edward Walker - Sebastian English's Tutor at Lord Wandsworth College - and
his family, went along to support Edward's friends Mike Harvey and Nigel
Munn who were also running for CRY.
Helphire staff also took part, and we would like to thank them for allowing
CRY to have a stand at the Bath Rugby Clubhouse to raise awareness.
Special thanks to Charlotte Dicks for her help and advice regarding parking,
and the Bath Rugby Club catering and bar staff for helping carry CRY items
back to the car!
CRY would also like to thank Simon and all the
runners, and also volunteer Jenna Hughes, who very kindly gave up her Sunday
to help man the CRY stand.
Simon was hoping to finish in under two hours, but at the half way point his
calf muscles seized up. Even so, he finished in a very respectable 2
hours and 9 minutes, beating last year's personal best.
You can still sponsor
Simon Halliday for the Bath Half Marathon 2007
- click here!