Jenson Button Trust Triathlon To Support Local Young People

Organisers of  Jenson Button Trust Triathlon in Derby have announced that all the money raised by the event will be donated entirely to help local young people. Barnardo’s are the charity partner for the JBTT which will be held at Markeaton Park on Sunday July 23.

Individual fundraising efforts and all online donations will go to the charity’s Leaving Care Services in Derbyshire which aims to bridge the gap for children between living in care and the adult world. The service, based in Heanor, helps young people secure permanent accommodation, supports them with the life skills they need to look after themselves and remains available to offer support and counselling if necessary.

Everyone competing in the triathlon can request a special fundraising pack and can donate via the entry system or by creating a Just Giving page.  Barnardo’s Senior Corporate Relationship Manager Trina Gable said: “We are very grateful to be the beneficiary of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon this year. More than 62% of young people are taken into care because they have suffered from abuse or neglect.  They are therefore some of the most vulnerable young people in our society and leaving care is a key moment in their young lives. They are forced to be independent much younger than their peers and need help with moving into a new home and finding a job as they don’t have the support network and safety net of a family.”

Formula 1 McLaren Honda racing driver Jenson Button added: “I hope that we will raise many thousands of pounds for Barnardo’s and it is very fitting that the money will go towards supporting young people in Derbyshire. Everyone’s support at the triathlon will be invaluable in helping Barnardo’s transform the lives of these vulnerable young people and will therefore make a real difference to those who most need our support.”

Jenson Button will compete alongside the line-up of novice, seasoned and elite athletes on the day which is organised by Derby-based HUUB Events on behalf of the Trust.

On the day everyone will get the chance to race twice. The preliminary will consist of a 200m swim in Markeaton Lake; 10km cycle from the park and on closed roads into the city’s Cathedral Quarter before returning to the park to complete a 2.5km run.

In the individual event, the top male and female performers will then go on to the finals – completing a 400m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, with the runners-up entering the wooden spoon race.

The Team Challenge participants will race again in the afternoon over the Super Sprint distance and the team with the fastest average time will emerge victorious.

Back by popular demand, during the JBTT lunchtime break there will be a free to enter family triathlon in the park which has been entered so far by 100 children aged between seven and 15, accompanied by an adult.

This consists of a 50m swim in the lake then heading out onto the closed roads for a 2.5km cycle before a 750m run – crossing the same finishing line as the JBTT triathletes.

Also in the lunch time break, this time in the city centre, there will be a children’s criterium hosted by Cycle Derby CC with young people taking part in a series of races around closed roads in the Cathedral Quarter. Spectators are invited to join in the fun.  As well as the opportunity to watch the competitors in action, a wide range of family activities will also be held at the event village set up in Markeaton Park where they will be music and locally produced food and drink stalls. The day will culminate in medal presentations by Jenson Button.

The event’s headline sponsor is Santander who work closely with Jenson as one of their brand ambassadors and the event is supported by Derby City Council.

To enter the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon on Sunday July 23 and for more information, please visit www.jensonbuttontri.com and, for latest news and training tips, please follow on Twitter @JBTrustTri.

Game On For Derby Business Community

Nearly 200 people from businesses and organisations across Derby took part in the first ever Derby Business Games on Thursday July 6 – designed to be the grown up version of the traditional school sports day.
Teams of eight competed in a wide range of competitions from rounders and dodgeball to egg and spoon, sack races and wheelbarrow races in the event. It was hosted by the University of Derby at Kedleston Road, organised by Derby-based HUUB Events and sponsored by Timms Solicitors.
The afternoon finished with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals were presented.

One of the main winners on the day was commercial property agents FHP who won the rounders, sack race and wheelbarrow events.

Law firm Flint Bishop won the three-legged race and were joint winners of the dodgeball competition with Sporting Joint who also won the welly wanging competition.

Digital design agency 3 Guru won the egg and spoon race final whilst wooden spoons were awarded to Timms solicitors and the University of Derby teams.

HUUB Events organiser Will Evans said: “The first Derby Business Games were a huge success and we plan to make this an annual event for the whole business community to enjoy. Everybody entered into the friendly but competitive spirit and it was great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day.

Timms’ Managing Partner Fiona Moffat added: “Despite going home with the wooden spoon, we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening which was a resounding success.”

Thanks to Cactus Images for some fantastic photographs to capture the day.

Elite Athletes Gear Up for Jenson Button Trust Triathlon

Reigning male and female champions in the annual Jenson Button Trust Triathlon will be returning to Derby next month in the hope of raising the trophies again.
Emma Pallant (28) has won the event for the past two years since the JBTT moved to its present home at Markeaton Park and also won one of the events when it was staged at Luton Hoo.
Last year’s men’s champion was Ben Dijkstra (18) from Loughborough has been combining his training and events this summer with his A level exams and is also aiming to be the first across the line in this year’s finals.
They will be among the hundreds of elite, experienced and novice athletes who will compete alongside the Formula 1 McLaren Honda racing driver Jenson Button at the event on Sunday July 23 organised by Derby-based HUUB Events on behalf of the Jenson Button Trust to raise money for Barnardo’s.
Emma is an accomplished athlete and won the national and world duathlon championships last year.  She has been on the podium at two half ironman distances so far this year – in Gran Canaria and Majorca.
She finished last year’s women’s final in 55 minutes 36 seconds and won the hearts of the crowd last year when she presented her winner’s medal to four-year-old Isla Granville and her little brother Jamie (3) from Bramcote, Nottingham, who had cheered her around the circuit.
She said: “I have kept in touch with the family since and I know they are coming back this year to cheer me and my fellow Team Dillon competitors who have also entered.
“I love the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon and particularly like the course at Derby.  There is always a great atmosphere and it is a chance to meet up with friends afterwards to enjoy some food and live music.”
Ben is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class Performance Squad and trains at the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre.
The athlete, who has signed a lifetime sponsorship deal with Derby-based triathlon kit designers HUUB, has been hailed as one of triathlon’s most exciting young prospects having won double gold at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games as a fifteen year-old.
He also won junior gold at the ITU World Duathlon championships in 2015. In 2016 he won world triathlon championships elite junior bronze, despite only being 17 in an under 20 category.
His competition calendar has been limited due to A level exams but he won the national 3,000m title for the under 20 age group in Bedford recently and is planning to get some extra races under his belt before JBTT with his sights then set on the world championships in Rotterdam in September.
Ben said: “I was so glad that the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon fitted into my race calendar last year and I enjoyed it so much that I made sure I was able to return this year. It was a close final last year and I am sure it will be the same this year.  This is a great event and I am looking forward to returning to Derby again next month after a busy few months with exams.”
The prize fund available to competitors is one of the largest for a UK based sprint triathlon. A grand total of £7,000 will be on offer, split between the male and female categories.
The event’s headline sponsor is Santander who work closely with Jenson as one of their brand ambassadors and the event is supported by Derby City Council.
To enter and for more information, please visit www.jensonbuttontri.com and, for latest news and training tips, please follow on Twitter @JBTrustTri

Cyclists are urged to roll out for Ashgate Hospice

Picture courtesy of Pete Frost

Budding cyclists are being urged to take on a fresh challenge for north Derbyshire’s Ashgate Hospicecare by joining the Cycle Derby Sportive around the county’s Dales and Peak District.

The event will provide an alternative to the hospice’s Flagg Challenge which will not be taking place this year.

Those interested in the sportive can register on a choice of 40km, 80km, 120km and 160km rides via the HUUB Events website. Make sure you join TEAM ASHGATE when you enter the event and you can also donate via the entry form or request a fundraising pack.

Anyone raising over £300 will receive a Polaris cycling top.

To find out more about the work of this fantastic charity, visit the Ashgate Hospicecare website.

Ashgate Hospice
Jon Cooper, Derbyshire Times

Novice Athletes Gear Up for Jenson Button Trust Triathlon

More than 300 people have already entered this summer’s Jenson Button Trust Triathlon which will be held for the third consecutive year in Derby on Sunday July 23.  The largest number who have already signed up are novice triathletes who will be competing for the first time alongside Formula 1 McLaren Honda racing driver Jenson Button as well as seasoned and elite athletes on the day.

Race Director Claire Duffin said: “It’s great to see so many entries from  from people who are doing their first triathlon with us. Jenson and his team at the Trust have always been keen that this event is achievable for novices but equally challenging to more experienced and even elite athletes.  That is why we have the two-legs in the event with everyone racing in the morning and then the top 50 going through to both the men’s and women’s and team finals in the afternoon with a separate race for everyone else.”

Novice entries included local people and those from across the UK and Europe.

Mark Gould (36) from Markeaton Village is amongst those who will be doing their first triathlon at the event. “I have been involved with the JBTT for the past two years as my employer epm:technology have made the medals and trophies. It was suggested last summer that I should have a go and has snowballed since then and has given me a great focus to get fit.

The great thing about JBTT is that it is accessible.  The distances are short so they are achievable and it will be great to race against some of the best – including Jenson Button himself – although they will all no doubt be leaving me in their wake!”

Tanya Muller Bourges (35) will be travelling to Derby from her home in Brussels to take part in her first ever triathlon and is excited to be part of the day and to see the city.

“My boyfriend is a keen triathlete and an avid fan of Jenson Button so he suggested that we should enter together and make it the highlight of a holiday in the UK. I do running but need to work on my swimming and cycling skills but actually my goal on the day is to achieve the best time that I can but, more importantly, to have fun and meet some new people.”

Another option for novices is to team up with two colleagues or friends and enter the team challenge.  The Yorkshire Puddings team have done just that – made up of Nicola Ayre (34) and Susan Gillie (31) from Sheffield and Nicola’s sister Ally Anderson (32) from Shropshire.

Nicola, who will do the running leg, said: “Susan is pretty fit but Ally and I have started from scratch. It has been a good way to get motivated to do more exercise.

The short distances are very accessible for novices like us.  Doing all three stages would be way too much for me but doing it as a team is much more achievable.

The fact that we can do this as a team and that Jenson Button will be there makes this the perfect event for us.  We are all real fans of him and it should be a great day out.”

Also, back by popular demand, during the JBTT lunchtime break there will be a free to enter family triathlon in the park which is open for children aged between seven and 15, accompanied by an adult.  This consists of a 50m swim in the lake then heading out onto the closed roads for a 2.5km cycle before a 750m run – crossing the same finishing line as the JBTT triathletes.

Spectators are invited to join in the fun.  As well as the opportunity to watch the competitors in action, a wide range of family activities will also be held at the event village set up in Markeaton Park.

The event’s headline sponsor is Santander who work closely with Jenson as one of their brand ambassadors as well as supporting this year’s chosen charity Barnardo’s.

To enter and for more information, please visit www.jensonbuttontri.com and, for latest news and training tips, please follow on Twitter @JBTrustTri