Xterra England 2014 cancelled, Brave Events cease trading following dispute with Surrey County Council

Jacqui Slack Xterra England 2013

Jacqui Slack won’t be able to defend her 2013 title

Xterra England will not take place in 2014 despite huge success in the event’s inaugural running last year. Organisers Brave Events released a statement citing a dispute with Surrey County Council as the source of the problems. The situation seems reminiscent of the downfall of Challenge Henley, which also came unstuck following issues with local politics.

Brave Events stated: “We are very sorry to have to inform you that Brave Events has ceased trading and neither of the 2014 Vachery Triathlon or XTERRA England events will now take place.

“We have had to cease trading following a dispute with Surrey County Council which leaves us in the position that we are unable to deliver these events in 2014. In summary, Brave Events ran the Vachery Triathlon in 2013 on the understanding that the event was approved by the Council to run again in 2014 on the same basis (since it was not viable to run it otherwise). However the Council doesn’t now accept that position – perhaps in recognition of the highly vocal anti open-road cycling furore from local politicians and protesters that we experienced last year – which leaves Brave Events regrettably unable to deliver these events.

“It has not been possible to find a practical solution to this problem. A legal challenge would be prohibitively expensive and in any event it would not be possible to continue organising Vachery and XTERRA pending the outcome of such a challenge.

“We have instructed insolvency practitioners to assist with this matter and you will be receiving communication from them shortly.

“Since 2012 when we first shared our plans for a world class closed road triathlon with Surrey County Council’s Olympic Legacy Team we have worked tirelessly towards that goal. It is saddening to disappoint the triathletes, spectators and volunteers who shared our vision and contributed to the short but stunning sporting success of the Vachery Triathlon and XTERRA England.”

This sad state of affairs leaves the UK with no qualifying race for the Xterra World Championships in Maui, Hawaii.