Wild Dart Swim & Aquathlon

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Challenge yourself in the River Dart with this swim and aquathlon event. Great for athletes looking for a new test, the course kicks off from the Dart-Totnes Rowing Club and tracks along the Sharpham side of the river. Come for the scenic surroundings and to cool off in the height of summer.
2.5k Swim, 5k Swim, 7k Aquathlon , and 1 more
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Sat, 1 Jun 2024
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Totnes, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Steamer Quay Rd, Totnes TQ9 5AL, UK
Start times
Saturday, 1 Jun 2024
2.5k Swim: 12:00 pm5k Swim: 12:00 pm7k Aquathlon : 12:00 pm10k Aquathlon : 12:00 pm
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Wild Dart Swim & Aquathlon
2.5k Swim
5k Swim
7k Aquathlon
10k Aquathlon
Route information
This event consists of five different options: 2.5k swim, 5k swim, 7k aquathlon and 10k aquathlon. This year, all swimmers will swim with the tide.
2.5k & 5k Swim
The 5k swim will be a one-way route from Totnes to Ashprington Point Field. (Different course to previous years)
The 2.5k swimmers will start at the same place, but in separate waves - decided by predicted finish time.
The swim will take you alongside the tow path and reed beds, which line the Sharpham side of the river and you can enjoy the scenic views of rolling hills to your left.
7k & 10k Aquathlons
The 7k aquathlon will follow the same swim route as the 2.5k, before undertaking a 4.5K run with some formidable hills along the way. The running route will take you through the scenic vineyards in Sharpham before tracking along a cycle track from Sharpham House to Moat Hill.
The 10k Aquathlon will use the 5k swim route to Ashprington Point, followed by a 5k run along the cycle track from Sharpham House to Moat Hill, turning left at The Steam Packet before crossing the bridge to Bridgetown and turning right in to Steamer Quay and the rowing club.
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What's included
  • Chip-timed results
  • Full water safety coverage
  • Prizes for each category
  • Branded swim caps
  • Finisher's medals (optional - or a donation willl be made to Friends of the Dart)
How to get there
Steamer Quay Rd, Totnes TQ9 5AL, UK
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There is extensive parking behind the Rowing Club and next to the Riverside Cafe on Steamer Quay. Be aware there is a small charge, so please bring change.
There will be bus transfers available to take you to the start line and back after the race. To access this service, please select the appropriate ticket at the checkout.
There are plenty of camping options near the event site, including Dartington campsite and Broadleigh Farm. There are also B&Bs in the local area.
Event day logistics
Registration will be available at the Riverside Cafe in Steamer Quay TQ9 5YS.
There will be two start waves - allocation to each wave will be based upon your event category and the number of swimmers in each race category.
Start Times
12:00 The first 2.5k wave is due to start, with the second starting shortly after.
Normally, the first 5k swimmers finish in just over 1 hour 15 mins (in to a slight tide and back with it). As this year will be completely with the tide, times should be faster. The slowest swimmer took just over 2 hours in 2021.
2.5k swimmers and aquathlon entrants will leave their clothes/shoes in a colour coded & numbered bin bag, which will be taken to the transition area/finish at Sharpham. Aquathloner’s wetsuits will be transported back to the finish by bus.
All 5K swimmers will need to bring a drop back for the finish where changing cubicles will be erected in the finish field.
You will have to walk the 2Km back to Ashprington, as there is no vehicular access to Ashprington Point Field.
Age Restrictions
Entrants must be the following ages to enter each of the following races:
  • 12+ to enter the 2.5k Swim and 7k Aquathlon
  • 18+ to enter the 5k Swim and 10k Aquathlon
How do waves get decided for the Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon?
Waves will be split into two, with 2.5k swimmers in the first wave and 5k swimmers in the second, starting 15 mins apart. Some of the slower 5k swimmers may enter the first wave. Further wave details will be finalised in the week leading up to the event.
Are there any on-site refreshments at the Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon?
There is a cafe at Sharpham as well as the Riverside Cafe which will be serving breakfast, cake, tea and coffee.
How do I get back from Sharpham at the Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon?
A bus service will run from the cafe at Sharpham to the Riverside cafe from 12.30pm onwards.
Do I need to wear a wetsuit to swim at the Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon?
Participants are allowed to swim without wetsuits, unless the river temperature is below 15 degrees.
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