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