Entries for the Vachery Triathlon Festival 2013 close in seven days, only 50 places remaining

Try a Tri - Vachery Triathlon Festival 2013The Vachery Triathlon Festival, taking place in Cranleigh, Surrey on 21 July, is one of the most exciting new events on the calendar and the chance to enter for this inaugural year is running out as entries close soon and the race is close to filling up.

Entries to this festival of multi-sport close in just seven days’ time at midnight on Wednesday 17 July, or when the race fills up, whichever comes first. There are just 50 places remaining so with this in mind, the organisers are urging those who are still considering whether to enter to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

On offer in the stunning surroundings of the Vachery Estate in the heart of South-East England are three race distances to choose from, including a ‘Try-a-Tri’ sprint, Olympic distance and the tough Middle distance race.

As well as the hundreds of age-groupers already signed up to race, are some of the best triathletes in Britain – including several notable domestic and European Champions. This has led to the elite race to be dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain’ by some, and will be headlined by the double European and British champion Lucy Gossage and one of triathlon’s most exciting prospects, and former British champion, Joe Skipper.

Mark Barfield, English Operations Director at Triathlon England, the governing body of the sport in this country, has commended the Vachery Triathlon Festival:

This is an event that is very exciting and gives participants the opportunity to race in an iconic and inspiring venue.

It offers a fantastic race location, in the heart of South-East of England, amongst the stunning Surrey Hills and has excellent transport links and importantly space to grow into one of the biggest races in the country. This could quite easily become a must-do race for any English triathlete and is a sporting event that will be a credit and of great importance to the residents and businesses of Cranleigh, Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Lucy Gossage, the double European Duathlon champion and hot favourite for the ladies title said:

I’m really looking forward to coming to the Vachery Triathlon on the 21st July and racing hard over what looks like a tough but fair course. I’ve heard some great things about this event and the stunning race course and look forward to a tough race.

Alex Smith, Chief Executive of local charity, Harrison’s Fund, is racing the event to raise money and awareness in support of his charity, which seeks a cure and treatment options for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He said:

The Vachery Triathlon represents a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness and funds.

The Vachery Triathlon Festival promises to be one of the biggest multi-sport events in the UK. It has attracted a large, international field drawn to the race by a large pro-purse and a fantastic course over the Surrey Hills – marked out as an ‘area of outstanding beauty’.

The race offers all triathletes an unforgettable experience that includes a swim in the private spring-fed lake, before joining the pro field on fast roads (covering an iconic climb to Leith Hill) before returning to T2 and heading out on a multi-lap run through closed country lanes.

The event promises to offer something for everyone, with on-site camping within the Vachery Estate, an exhibitor’s area featuring the latest in triathlon gear and produce from local suppliers plus fun activities for all the family who will enjoy the great atmosphere and countryside whilst you race.

Racers can choose to compete in either the Middle (half-iron), Olympic or Sprint ‘Try-a-Tri’ distance races, either individually or as part of a relay. The organisers are also happy to talk to clubs about arranging special start waves for them to facilitate club championships.

The Vachery Estate is located just outside the picturesque village of Cranleigh in the Surrey Hills, only minutes from London and the motorways, M25, M23 and M3.

With race-day fast approaching, entries are closing at midnight on Wednesday 17th July, or when the final 50 race places are taken, which ever comes first. There are still a few remaining places for all race distances, and you can still enter the Vachery Triathlon Festival for a limited time only here: http://www.vacherytriathlon.co.uk/