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Wild Dart Swim & Aquathlon

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Challenge yourself in the River Dart with this mixed swim/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 or for the free branded swim cap.

How to enter the Wild Dart Swim & Aquathlon

  1. Swim - 5k*

    Swim 5km
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  2. Swim - 2.5K

    Swim 2.5km
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  3. Aquathlon - 7K

    Aquathlon: Swim 2.5km, Run 4.5km
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  4. Aquathlon - 15k

    Aquathlon: Swim 2.5km, Run 10km
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  5. Go Tri Aquathlon (from 12 years +)

    Aquathlon: Swim 0.5km, Run 1mi
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Wild Dart Swim & Aquathlon routes

This event consists of five different options: Go Tri, 2.K swim, 5K swim, 7K aquathlon, 15K aquathlon. This year, all swimmers will be with the tide.

2.5K & 5K Swim:

The 5KM swim will be a one way route from Totnes to Ashprington Point Field. (Different course to previous years)

The 2.5KM swimmers will start at the same place, but in separate waves - decided by predicted finish time.

The swim will take you alongside the two 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 & 5K Aquathlon:

The 7K aquathlon will follow the same swim route as the 2.5K, before undertaking a formidable 4.5K run with some formidable hills within it. The running route will take you through the scenic vineyards in Sharpham before tracking along a cycle track from Sharpham House to Moat Hill.

Similarly, the 15K aquathlon will take runners up the hill from Sharpham House before heading down through Ashprington and towards Bow Bridge. From here, runners will follow Harbourne River to Beanleigh Cross, before turning back toward Totnes.

Go Tri

This sprint triathlon will consist of a quick-fire 500 metre swim along the River Dart, running parallel to the walkway. Once completed, participants will run a short 1 mile loop around Steamer Quay.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • Free branded swim caps
  • Full water safety coverage
  • Prizes for each category
  • Transport to Totnes from Ashrington and Sharpham before and after (option add-on)
Raceday Logistics


Registration opens

1030: Go Tri starts

1140: Start of waves for Aquathlon/swim

Registration is from 0900 at the Riverside Cafe in Steamer Quay. Please arrive at least 45 minutes before you race starts to ensure you have plenty of time to complete the process.

Kit List

Participants are allowed to swim without wetsuits, unless the river temperature is below 15 degrees.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do waves get decided?
Waves will be split into two, with 2.5K swimmers in the first wave and 5K swimmers in the second - around 15 mins later. 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?
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?
A bus service will run from the cafe at Sharpham to the Riverside cafe from 12.30pm onwards.

Wild Dart Swim & Aquathlon weather forecast

Rain overnight.

Predicted highs
Predicted lows
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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 10mph

Meet the organiser

We recognise that many of our runners may be new to self navigation events and want to become more confident runners who can dispense with a guide.So we are also offering NNAS navigation courses (for runners or walkers). The spirit of community and camaraderie of the group night runs, has cemented many friendships, since they began. Wild Running Camps aims to replicate the camaraderie of the Thursday night runs. Both the Beginner’s Fell Camps for women in the Lake District and our Wild Running Camp on Dartmoor, involve sharing communal meals in a cosy farmhouse, while our bespoke Scotland Camps can involve sharing a hostel, cottage or a hotel and listening to talks about the local geology and even whisky tasting, upon request. The chance to run on a guided route over a munro is central but by no means the only part of the experience. Last year, our guides learnt a lot about hygge when a large Danish group signed up for our Scotland camp. They were excellent company. Without the group, we are just loan wolfs bound for extinction. The end goal is not to chip away at your 10k time but to enjoy the process of running and hopefully to avoid injuries, in as much as this is possible.



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