The swim for both the Sprint and Standard distance races at the Norwich Triathlon takes place in the Whitlingham Broad, within the Whitlingham Country Park.
Participants in the Sprint swim 750m and participants in the Standard 1500m.
The swim starts at the Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre (OEC) with a maximum of 120 swimmers in a wave starting at 10 minute intervals. Swimmers are seeded into their start waves based upon their estimated total time for the triathlon. We aim to put the fastest competitors into the first wave so as to avoided overtaking during the race, reduce congestion over the race and to ensure the first person over the finish line is the winner. Depending upon number of entrants, gender of entrants and estimated times of entrants will determine the mix and composition of the waves.
The swim course will be marked out with inflatable buoys and the route explained during your race briefing.
Both swims finish at the jetty near to transition. We have a team of grabbers in the water (normally our famous mermaids) to help participants find their feet and their balance as they run out of the water.
There is a 10 minute walk from transition to the swim start and swimmers are advised to get to the start 15 minutes before their wave. Not all will want to walk barefoot to the start. We will transport shoes from the swim start to near the race finish for collection after the race.