Logistics – Shuttle Bus

Unlike most SUP events, the Head of the Dart follows the route of the river and finishes around eight miles away from the start line. This can present logistical issues, particularly for anyone without a non-paddling partner who can take their vehicle to the finish and for this reason, we are making a significant change which all paddlers need to be aware of.


Registration will be held at the FINISH rather than the start, which will enable paddlers to drop their boards off at the start and cars at the finish.  A coach service (£10 per person booked at point of registration) will be put on to transfer paddlers back to the start in time for the race briefing.  This will depart the finish at (time for 2023 TBC) and we would request that paddlers are ready to board by (TBC).  We will not be able to hold the coach if paddlers are late!!

Board Transportation

If you have an inflatable board, you will be able to take this on the coach in its bag and inflatable upon arrival. Unfortunately we are unable to transport any hardboards.


If I turn up on the day, can I get the shuttle?

Unfortunately places need to be booked in advance so we know how many people to cater for. If there is a space on the day because a paddler has not shown up, then we may be able to accommodate however, this cannot be guaranteed.

Can I take my board with me?

If you have any inflatable boards these can be transported in their bags. We are unable to take hardboards sorry.

Why is the time early given the start time of the race?

To keep costs down for paddlers, we will only have one coach and it takes 45mins to drive from the start to the finish.

If I have registered however now need to book a spot on the shuttle, can I?

We can take bookings for the coach up until TBC for 2023 or until places are full.  This is to allow us to let the Coach supplier know and prepare ahead of registration.

If you didn’t book when you registered, please email headofthedartsup@gmail.com

If I have booked a place on the shuttle but no longer require it, can I cancel and get a refund?

Refunds will be handled as per our refund policy.

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