Scores of Staffordshire amateur athletes have so far signed up to compete in the 2015 Jenson Button Trust Triathlon at its new home in Derby’s Markeaton Park.
The Trust has been inundated with enquiries and hundreds have already registered online at www.jensonbuttontri.com for the event on Sunday July 12.
The 2015 Jenson Button Trust Triathlon event has moved from its previous home in Luton Hoo to Derby and is already set to be the biggest to date.
Competitors from as far afield as Germany, Mexico, Spain and Afghanistan will be joining sports enthusiasts from Staffordshire and all over the UK and competing alongside the 2009 Formula 1 World Champion and keen triathlete Jenson Button.
The Trust is also pleased to announce that for a third year in succesion the prize fund available to competitors is one of the largest for a UK based sprint triathlon. A grand total of £7000 will be on offer, split between the male and female categories. (A full breakdown of the prizes on offer can be found at the bottom of this release.)
In an online message to his fans, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtKZfrI7dmM
Jenson Button said:
“Moving the triathlon to Derby this year will give us the opportunity to involve more people – especially those from around the Midlands.
“It’s an amazing location and will be great for both amateurs and professionals and especially for spectators who will be have the great opportunity to see us all going through lots of pain!”
Competitors will get the chance to race twice, with the preliminary heat consisting of a 200m lake swim in Markeaton Park, 11km cycle around surrounding road and then back to Markeaton for the 2.5km run. The top performers will then go on to the final, 400m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, with the runners up entering the wooden spoon race.
The event is being organised by Derby-based HUUB Events on behalf of The Jenson Button Trust who are working in association with Cancer Research UK.
Huub Events Director Dean Jackson said:
“Excitement is certainly building for this event and we are delighted with the response from sports enthusiasts. They are a combination of seasoned triathletes and newcomers to this growing sport which is testament to the appeal of the F1 format for the event – giving competitors the flexibility to race once or twice during the day – whatever they wish.”
In addition to the triathlon competition, an Event Village will be set up in Markeaton Park with live entertainment, locally produced food and drink and family-friendly fun for competitors and spectators alike.
For the second year running the Trust has partnered with Cancer Research UK with all profits and fundraising from the event going towards beating cancer sooner.
For more information on the event, including exclusive competitions and training tips please follow @JBTrustTri or visit www.jensonbutton.com
Competitors Prize Fund
10 Sponsor Prize TBA
10 Sponsor Prize TBA