British and European champion joins strong elite ladies field.

Lucy Gossage

Lucy Gossage wins the ETU Powerman European Championship title for the second time

Elite triathlete Lucy Gossage, is the latest PRO to declare her intentions to race the Vachery Triathlon, in Cranleigh, Surrey on the 21st July. Gossage will be contesting the middle distance race at the festival of triathlon, competing over the 1.9km lake swim, 80km bike course through the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding beauty, before returning to the Vachery Estate and T2 to contest the 13.1 mile run through closed country lanes.

Lucy Gossage starts as favourite for the inaugural Vachery Triathlon, with a bursting CV that includes titles such as the British Duathlon Champion, 2x European Duathlon Long Course Champion, silver at the 2012 Long Course Duathlon World Championships and a stunning performance at Challenge Barcelona 2012, where she dipped under the iconic 9 hour time to take the victory and the title there.

Lucy Gossage 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.
It’s a fantastic new event to the triathlon calendar and one that looks set to become a regular fixture for the elites, age-groupers and beginners in this country.

Whilst Lucy has a well decorated CV and form coming into the race, she is not likely to have it all her own way, with one of the strongest elite ladies fields assembled in the UK this year. Anna Turvey is the former British and European Duathlon Champion at the sprint distance and looks a force internationally at the longer distances. She came 5th recently at the competitive Challenge Fuerteventura race and is a strong threat for the Vachery title.

Amy Forshaw is a first year PRO but as an amateur athlete she was well known for gate-crashing the overall placings and held the Ironman European Championship title for her age-group. As a PRO she has shown recent good form by coming 4th at Ironman 70.3 UK.

Holly Lawrence is a super-fast swimmer and will look to lead from the front of the pack. Having won at the Elche Triathlon and coming 2nd at Ironman 70.3 UK, she is the form athlete.

Claire Shea-Simmonds won Challenge Henley Half last year and comes into the race after a solid 10th at the iconic Ironman Lanzarote race.

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 1.9km swim in the private spring-fed lake, before joining the pro field on fast closed roads (covering an iconic climb to Leith Hill) before returning to T2 and heading out on a multi-lap 13.1 mile 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 just under a month to go to race day, entries are closing soon for all race distances, but you can still enter the Vachery Triathlon Festival for a limited time only here: is the online home of Triathlon Plus – the best source of triathlon training advice, triathlon gear reviews and triathlon news.

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