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The Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon

The Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon

Riverside Cafe, Steamer Quay, Totnes, TQ9 5AL Devon

Greenway Ferry Service & Pleasure Cruises, Steamer Quay Rd, Totnes TQ9 5AL, UK

Sat 27th June 2020

5 races

£29.77 - £55.30

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Covid Safety measures

These will comply with the Governing Body Guidelines the TRA, under the auspices of England Athletics and the ARC.

  • Hand sanitiser will be placed outside all toilets, as well as on a table. Paper toilet seat covers, one per person, will be used in toilets and portable loos
  • Signs reminding of ‘social distancing’ will be placed around the venue.
  • Seated staff will wear masks.
  • We WILL NOT be holding a race briefing. Instead runners will receive an electronic briefing with a video and description of the route.
  • For the start, we will be using a rolling start wave window split in to two one hour windows. This will be done alphabetically.
  • This event will be signed and marshalled.
  • Race chips/numbers will either sent out in the post, or ‘dipped’ in an antiseptic ‘bath’ and collected at registration.
  • There will be no prize giving ceremony.
  • Water and finisher’s medals will be located remote from the Finish to discourage social gathering (our biggest concern).
  • Spectators will not be encouraged.
  • All marshals will be given bin bags and disposable gloves. Anyone caught littering will be disqualified.

We will be signing runners back in back in when they finish their run behind the Plume of Feathers Pub . All runners will be issued with an NFC chip which will be used to sign in at the finish. They will swipe themselves in at the end and we will have a manual paperback system. We will be accounting for all of our runners with this new back-up policy. This applies to ALL runners. We will also have sweepers out on the course for all three distances.

C-19 PLAN
Wild Running Ltd has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

The sixth Wild Dart Swim and Aquathlon involves a swim in Devon’s most iconic river from Totnes to Sharpham North Quay, and has a new #GoWithTheFlow one way swim. 5k swimmers will now continue to Asprington Point, while 2.5k swimmers and aquathloners will also swim with the tide to Sharpham North Quay. Aquathloners will run through Sharpham vineyard with fantatstic views of the Dart Valley below.

You can also enter the 15k or 7k aquathlon, or our new 2k Go Tri aquathlon. The latter is suitable for children 15 years or older. Something for swimmers, runners and triathletes of all levels.
Finishers earn our popular bespoke wooden medal. Chip timing is included, as well as branded caps and this year great category prizes. Full safety coverage is provided and extensive new route markings.

Races

  • 2.5k Swim - Early Bird

    £42.00

    16 to 75 Yrs

    CLOSED
  • 5 Km Swim - Early Bird

    £55.30

    18 to 75 Yrs

    CLOSED
  • 7k Aquathlon - Early Bird

    £45.10

    18 Yrs and Over

    CLOSED
  • 15k Aquathlon - Early Bird

    £53.30

    18 Yrs and Over

    CLOSED
  • 2k Aquathlon Sprint - Early Bird

    £29.77

    12 to 75 Yrs

    CLOSED

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  • 2.5k Swim - Early Bird

    £42.00

    16 to 75 Yrs

    CLOSED
  • 5 Km Swim - Early Bird

    £55.30

    18 to 75 Yrs

    CLOSED
  • 7k Aquathlon - Early Bird

    £45.10

    18 Yrs and Over

    CLOSED
  • 15k Aquathlon - Early Bird

    £53.30

    18 Yrs and Over

    CLOSED
  • 2k Aquathlon Sprint - Early Bird

    £29.77

    12 to 75 Yrs

    CLOSED
What's Included

Chip timing

Branded swim caps

Full water safety coverage

Prizes for all categories where sufficient numbers allow)

2.5K & 5K Swim Details

The 5k swim covers an out and back route, starting and finishing at the Dart-Totnes Rowing Club on Steamer Quay. The 2.5k swimmers start at the same place in separate waves (according to your predicted finishing time) but exit at Sharpham. Aquathloners will also exit at Sharpham, then move to a nearby transition area, before running the three miles back to the rowing club, following the cycle path above the Dart.

Swimming alongside the tow path and the reed beds, which line the Sharpham side of the river and the rolling hills on the left, which wind along towards Stoke Gabriel. You will take your first snake bend here, as the river takes a turn towards Sharpham.

You will know you’re approaching the half way buoy when you can catch sight of a small pontoon on your right, which is Sharpham’s North Quay.

7K Aquathlon Details

Starts approximately 9.30am.

The 7k aquathlon includes the 2.5k swim and a hilly 4.5k run through the picturesque vineyards at Sharpham and 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. The course suits road shoes. All normal swim run kit will be permitted, except for tow floats. Swimmers will be permitted to swim in their running shoes.

15K Aquathlon Details

Starts approximately 9.30am.

The 15k aquathlon takes runners up the hill from Sharpham House and down the road through Ashprington towards Bow Bridge before runners follow the Harbourne River to Beanleigh cross and back to Sharpham and then Totnes via the bicycle tracks.

All normal swim run kit will be permitted, except for tow floats. Swimmers will be permitted to swim in their running shoes.

Sprint Aquathlon Details

Starts approximately 8.30m

The sprint aquathlon will precede all the other events and includes a 500 swim along the River Dart parallel to the walkway, until it reaches its end and the swimmers get out and transition before running a short 1 mile loop around Steamer Quay.

All normal swim run kit will be permitted, including tow floats. Swimmers will be permitted to swim in their running shoes.

Other Information

How will it work?

There will be multiple start waves throughout the event, as with last year; allocation to each wave will be based upon the expected completion times that competitors have provided in advance. All wave starts will be rolling starts with between 30 to 70 competitors per start wave.

The first event, the sprint aquathlon is due to start at 8am. The first 2.5k wave is due to start at 9.30am, with the second starting shortly after. Normally the first 5k swimmers finished in just over 1 hour 15 mins in to a slight tide and back with it.

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.


Safety measures

There will be a team of safety kayakers, rescue boats and crews on hand throughout the swim. No one will be more than 200m from a safety vessel. We will be working closely with the safety team to ensure swimmers exit the slipway one at a time. 5k swimmers will not be permitted to exit at the half way point, unless they are retiring.

In the event of the water temperature falling below 11.9ºC, a reduced swim course will be considered.


Wetsuits

Due to the exceptionally warm summer we have had, the river has been warm, so we will be allowing participants to swim without wetsuits, unless the recorded temperature is below 15 degrees.

If the water temperature is above 22 degrees Celsius wetsuits will be banned. Competitors will be notified of this at registration and in advance of the event where possible.

When permitted to do so by the event crew swimmers will enter the water via the slip-way or stairs, creating a ‘rolling’ start. Exact entry point is TBC. The event crew will use NCT chip timing to time each swimmer. Participants will be set off in multiple waves, which will be decided in conjunction with the harbourmaster’s office and the water safety team.


Registration, Post Swim and Kit

Registration will open at 6.00am at the Riverside Cafe in Steamer Quay TQ9 5YS and all swimmers will be able to collect their swim envelopes containing a wristband, timing chip and swim cap. We will walk you down to the start next to the rowing club.

All participants will be able to leave their kit at the start in an attended area at the rowing club. This year we will also encourage supporters to be on standby ready with warm garments.

For those of you who have built up an appetite, the Riverside Cafe will prepare food for you, either vegetarian or non vegetarian.

Camping

Dartington campsite: This is one of our favourite camping sites near Totnes. (less than 2 miles out of Totnes). It’s fairly rustic but we think you’ll like it! The magnificent Green Table Cafe is only half a mile away in the beautiful surroundings of Dartington estate. £15pp per night. Camper vans are not permitted as it is a Heritage Site. Upper Drive, Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6EE. 01803 847077

There is a camper van site just 200 metres away from the race start on Steamer Quay.

Another camping option which does allow camper vans is at Broadleigh Farm between Totnes and Paignton. https://www.broadleighfarm.co.uk/find-us

FAQs

How do I know which wave I’m in?

The waves will be divided in two. The 2.5k swimmers will go in the first wave and the 5k swimmers in the second approximately 15 minutes later. We may also put some of the slower swimmers who are doing the 5k swim in the first wave. Wave names will be finalised in the week before the event and sent to all participants.

Where can we register?

At the Riverside Cafe on Steamer Quay Totnes from 7.15am until 30 minutes before your swim wave starts.

How can I get my running shoes to the transition area?

Your shoes and wetsuit will be transported from the car park next to The Riverside Cafe and Sharpham, leaving the cafe car park at 9.15am. All normal swim run kit will be permitted. Swimmers will be permitted to swim in their running shoes. However bungie cords and flippers will NOT be permitted. Colour coded labels will be give to you at registration, to affix to your bags. You can if you wish, carry your running gear in a tow float, although this is not compulsory.

Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

Due to the exceptionally warm summer we have had, the river has been warm, so we will be allowing participants to swim without wetsuits, unless the recorded temperature is below 15 degrees.

How do I get my wet suit back from the transition area?

See above. The bus will return from Sharpham from approximately 9.30am to 10am.

Where can I park?

There is ample parking at the car park behind the rowing club and next to the Riverside Cafe on Steamer Quay, although there is a small charge, so please bring change.

Can I register on the day?

We’re afraid not.

Can I transfer my entry?

You can transfer up to 48 hours before the swim starts but NOT after this time. However we can not refund your entry if you can not make the swim.

Are there refreshments available?

Yes. There’s a cafe at Sharpham. Drivers should take the left most fork upon entering Sharpham. There is also all morning breakfast, cake, teas and coffees being served at the Riverside Cafe in Steamer Quay.

How do I get back from Sharpham?

There will be a bus service available from the cafe at Sharpham to the Waterside Cafe from approximately 8.45am onwards.

Are there any prizes?

Yes. Watch this space. The number of category prizes will depend on there being a sufficient number of entrants per category however.

Where can I stay?

There are several excellent B&Bs in and around Totnes, (We recommend The Old Forge, in Bridgetown just 400m from the start) as well as a camping field in Longmarsh, besides the rowing club for £10 pp per night and at Dartington. If you wish to camp at Longmarsh, please contact us at info@wildrunning.co.uk so we can arrange for this. For camper vans, there is a camper van and motorhome site almost opposite the registration HQ at Steamer Quay, which also has warm showers.

Do we get anything for finishing?

Yes our lovely new designed bespoke medals and the option to buy a t-shirt.

Will we be able to buy a t shirt on the day?

There will be a limited number of t shirts for sale the day but we strongly recommend you buy one online to avoid disappointment.

What are the individual leg breakdowns for the 7k and 15k Aquathlons?

The 7k is a 2.5k swim and a 4.5k run, while the 15k is a 2.5k swim and a 12.5k run.

How can I transfer my ticket or change to a different event?

This link shows you how to transfer your place to someone else or move to another event. You can only do this up to seven days before the event. Navigate to My Orders, fill out the form and request a transfer. If your new event costs more than the original you will have to pay the difference. If it costs less, you won’t receive a refund.

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Riverside Cafe, Steamer Quay, Totnes, TQ9 5AL Devon