Vachery Pond, is the stunning venue for two new 1,500 and 3,000 metres open water swim races on Sunday 26th August. The pond is an open water swimmer’s dream; a tree lined, spring fed, 900m long private lake covering almost 50 acres. It’s an astonishing fact that this beautiful expanse of open water remains unknown to the public at large when it is in the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and only minutes from nearby London and the M25, M23 and M3 motorways.
The 1,500 metre race is £15 to enter and the longer 3,000m event is great value at only £20 a swimmer.
This Saturday; 23 June, the Vachery Pond Big Swim organisers, Raw Energy Pursuits are once again hosting their successful and oversubscribed 3.8km swim in the River Arun. They predict that the 12th century Vachery Estate’s remarkable stretch of water and its convenient location will help the 25-27 August Bank Holiday’s Vachery Triathlon Festival, a weekend of road and Xtri cross triathlon and open water swim racing with camping and fun activities for kids of all ages will become an annual must-do event for multisport enthusiasts.
There is an unusual Olympic connection. As you would imagine with such an ancient unspoilt expanse of water, Vachery Pond has not got permanent access, a slipway or steps to deal with the large number of swimmers the events will attract. The organisers chanced upon a handy solution by hiring the actual pontoon that the London Olympic open water swimmers will enter from into the Serpentine and Olympic history. The moment the London Olympic event ends it will be packed up and transported directly to The Vachery Estate where it will be stored before being floated on the Pond. Fingers crossed if one of the Brits win gold the opportunity to follow in their footsteps on that pontoon will inspire some great swimming at Vachery Pond.