TEAM Unlimited, the Hawaii-based owners of the XTERRA brand and worldwide series of off-road triathlon and trail running races, has taken ownership of the XTERRA England Championship to be held August 24, 2014 at Vachary Estate in the Surrey Hills near Cranleigh.
It marks the first-time TEAM Unlimited has taken production of an XTERRA European Tour Championship race in-house.
“We’re excited to establish our own production in Europe where the sport is growing by leaps and bounds,” said XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas. “We feel England can become one of the premier destinations for XTERRA. By organizing this event we’re putting the England race in a position to make that dream come true.”
The XTERRA England Championship is the tenth of 11 events on the European Tour, which awards points and prize money to professionals as well as points and qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs. The main event consists of a 1.5km swim, 30km bike ride, and 10km trail run. There is also a shorter distance Sprint race on offer (750m swim / 15km bike / 5km trail run) and both races can be contested as part of a relay team.
The race will be held just one week after the XTERRA Germany Championship race which is doubling as the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships, enticing international elites and amateurs to extend their stay and race in both events. In addition, the XTERRA Denmark Championship will be held a week later in Tisvilde, offering another appealing two-race vacation travel opportunity.
The location for the event is noteworthy; secreted away in the beautiful ancient wooded countryside of the Surrey Hills at a private family home steeped in history.
“It’s a great course in the south of England just about an hour from Heathrow airport and 30 minutes from Gatwick,” explained Nicholas. “In the heart of Surrey and West Sussex this area is a postcard of England. Great pubs and B&B’s everywhere, country estates, small villages and even golf courses. Be prepared for typical British weather. Not cold but not warm, a bit of rain here and there and the friendliest folks you will find anywhere. It’s an absolute classic British experience and one to be planned for.”
Learn more at www.xterraengland.com
About the Vachery Estate
Secreted away in the beautiful ancient wooded countryside of the Surrey Hills; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the Vachery Estate, a private family home and stunning location for this unique sporting weekend.
History: There was a manor house in Vachery in 1296. Henry III granted John, son of Geoffrey, to stock his park of Vachery (cows) and his son John obtained a grant of a weekly market and an annual fair at nearby Cranleigh, self-proclaimed the largest village in England. The village name is popularly believed to come from the large crane breeding grounds that were supposed to have been historically located at Vachery pond.
One of Surrey’s best kept secrets; surrounded by woods this strictly private spring fed pond is almost 900m long, 3.1 kilometers around and covers an area of almost 50 acres.
A fish-pond is mentioned at Vachery in the 13th century. That original pond was connected with the moat for the manor house and, later, Vachery ironworks, a 16th century iron forge, Nearby Cranleigh village was a great seat of the iron industry.
More recently the enlarged lake covering over 50 acres was used as a reservoir for the Wey and Arun Canal, which opened in 1816 and connected the Thames to the English Channel at Littlehampton. The canal’s traffic was attracted to the Horsham to Guildford railway which opened in 1865 and was closed by Dr. Beeching in 1965 and that disused railway line now forms part of the Downs Link, a long-distance path opened in 1984 linking St. Martha’s Hill, near Guildford, to Shoreham on the south coast.