The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, which will be held for the third consecutive year in Derby this July, has announced the charity partner for the event as leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s.
More than 700 people are expected to enter the event at Markeaton Park on Sunday 23 July – with hundreds more families joining the mini-triathlon during the lunchtime break. Formula 1 McLaren Honda racing driver Jenson Button will compete alongside the line-up of novice, seasoned and elite athletes on the day. The event’s headline sponsor is Santander, which works closely with Jenson Button as a brand ambassador.
Jenson Button said, “Our triathlon this July is set to be bigger than ever before and I hope that we will raise many thousands of pounds for Barnardo’s. This iconic charity, which is also one of Santander’s charity partners, supports children and young people who face many different challenges including poverty, homelessness, disability, abuse, drugs and alcohol, caring for a family member and unemployment.
“Whatever their problems, the charity has a wide range of services across the country, which have grown dramatically over the past 150 years. “Everyone’s support at the triathlon will be invaluable in helping Barnardo’s transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people and will therefore make a real difference to people who most need our support.”
There will be a variety of ways for triathlon competitors to raise funds for Barnardo’s including through Just Giving, via the online entry system and by requesting a fundraising pack with inspirational ideas.
Race organiser, Derby-based HUUB Events, reports that entries are ‘now flooding in for the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon – billed as a day of sport with something for everyone’.
Everyone will get the chance to race twice. The preliminary will consist of a 200m swim in Markeaton Lake, a 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.
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.
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 7 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. This event has been popular in the last two years and a big crowd is expected to attend.
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 day will culminate in medal presentations by Jenson Button and a post-race party for participants, with live music and locally-produced food and drink.