Jenson Button courts huge triathlon field at second Jenson Button Trust Triathlon
Hundreds of triathletes turned out in support of the Jenson Button Trust and Help for Heroes on Sunday in the stunning grounds of Luton Hoo Hotel for the Formula 1 driver’s annual triathlon, the The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon fuelled by Chobani.
Joined by a few famous friends, including Force India driver Paul di Resta, Jenson Button competed against a strong field of triathletes during a day of racing with a difference. The race structure at the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon saw all competitors race twice, with a SuperSprint set of heats over a 300m swim, 9km bike and 2.5km run, followed by a Sprint set of finals over 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
The top 20 in each female heat progressed to the final, with the remaining racers moving into the Wooden Spoon race. In the men’s it was the top 50 in each wave that moved into the final. The Women’s Wooden Spoon race was won by Katie Lawrence in 00:43:06, ahead of Carolyn Rose (00:50:21) and Danielle Maidana-Power (00:52:32). The men’s race saw Chris Hine come out on top with a time of 00:31:59, well clear of Chris Brown (00:36:41) and Steven Finley (00:36:44).
In the finals, India Lee produced another fine performance to take home the £2,000 prize with a time of 00:55:24 just ahead of Emma Pallant, who finished with 00:56:14, in what was a closely fought race for top spot. Hannah Drewett completed the top 3 with a time of 00:57:58.
The men’s final was saw a nail-biting finish between Bryan Keane, who finished with 00:47:36 in 2nd place, and the men’s champion, Gavin Noble who recorded 00:47:34 to take the title. Noble and Keane were followed by Lawrence Fanous in 00:48:59. Button, the former Formula 1 World Champion, finished in 17th place in a time of 00:55:41.
Following the race, Button was quick to praise Help for Heroes and it was great to hear that a staggering £29,849 had been raised despite over half of the pledges yet to be received.
Human Race’s triathlon season resumes on the 8th September for the Diamond Tri at Dorney Lake, the HSBC Triathlon & Duathlon on 15th September and the St Lucia Triathlon on 22nd November.