The swim starts with a dive/jump off the floating pontoon jetty, situated in the heart of the fishing and sailing waterfront. Competitors then swim 750m along the coast through the moorings to the first beach, Shingle Point, behind the iconic houseboats. The Cycle leads competitors around the country roads of West Mersea. The Run has the competitors on roads for the first half before exiting onto the beach for the final 2.5km straight to the finish at Shingle Point. There, spectators gather to cheer each competitor back across the line.
It has become a tradition for each competitor to remain at the finish to cheer each and every participant home.