Two-time world champion Lesley Paterson to take on Jacqui Slack in 2014 event
Xterra England, the biggest off-road triathlon in the UK, based in Cranleigh, Surrey is to return on 24 August 2014 and has set one of the biggest domestic pay days for elites and a total prize pot of $15,000 with the race winners taking home $2,000 (approx £1,750) each.
With further pay-outs to elite triathletes down to seventh position and qualifying points up for grabs for the Xterra European tour and the Xterra World Championships (held in Maui, Hawaii, on 26 October 2014), Xterra England is set to attract some of the world’s best athletes to the stunning spring fed lake, purpose built trails and tough, technical trail run around the Vachery Estate race venue.
One such athlete is the US-based Scottish superstar of triathlon, Lesley Paterson. The two-time world champion and reigning silver medallist from the 2013 Xterra World Championships will be racing at Xterra England for the first time in 2014:
Paterson said: “I’m extremely excited to race in the Xterra England event next year. I heard such wonderful things this year about the organization, the course and the atmosphere that I want to come and experience it. To race in my home country is always an honour.
“The prize money offered at Xterra England next year is a huge draw. It’s so difficult to make ends meet as a professional, especially given the lack of prize money elsewhere, that this offering has played a key role in my decision to travel from the U.S. to do this race.”
Also on the start list are last year’s Xterra England champions, Australia’s Ben Allen and Great Britain’s Jacqui Slack. Confirmed to join them are Belgium’s Yeray Luxem (ranked number two in Europe) and Richard Stannard (seven-time world champion), while Sam Gardner, the country’s most successful off-road triathlete ever, has elected to come out of retirement to take on Xterra England in 2014. Many more are expected to join them as the race draws closer.
The full breakdown of prize money is:
Whilst the elite athletes are competing for the overall titles and prize money, the 500 amateur triathletes and ‘weekend warriors’ will be racing on the same championship course for their own personal goals, fundraising efforts or to win one of the 40 qualifying slots up for grabs for the world championships in Maui, Hawaii.
The Xterra England Championship 2014 weekend has all the ingredients to make it a ‘must do’ race for triathletes, runners and swimmers of all abilities, with world championship qualifying slots on offer, world class athletes in attendance, live music, on-site restaurant and bar, pasta party and on-site camping. This year there are several races over the weekend, including the Xterra England Championship triathlon (1.5km/30km/10km), Xterra England Sprint Triathlon (750m/15km/5km), ‘Try-an-Xtri’ Women’s Only Triathlon (400m/10km/3km) and two Big Swims (1,500m and 3,000m).
All entrants to the triathlons will receive a commemorative T-Shirt and every finisher receives a medal and complimentary food and drink and More Than Massage physio post-race care. 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. Athletes and their families can enjoy a pasta-party in the evening before the race, which features live music and a pro question and answer session and even get fuelled up with our racers breakfast on race-day morning.
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.
Head to http://xterra-england.co.uk/ for more information and to secure your race place at the Xterra England Championships 2014 or keep up to date with all the latest news at www.facebook.com/xterraengland.
You can watch last year’s race as featured on Ch4, Sky Sports and Eurosport here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqemidHO0VU