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F1 stars on holiday: The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon and more

By Berthold Bouman

Grand Prix Journal already reported Mark Webber and Bernie Ecclestone visited the 2012 London Summer Olympics last weekend, but McLaren driver Jenson Button not only likes to watch athletics on TV, but is a keen athlete himself and particular likes participating in Triathlons and Ironman competitions all around the world.

Jenson Button, McLaren

The Briton flew to the Philippine island of Cebu last week to take part in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3. Competitors had to swim 1.9km, ride 90km on a bicycle and to top it off also had to run 21.1km.

The 32-year old Button finished 14th overall and was even third in the division of 30-34 years. He was certainly happy with the result, and said on Twitter, “The best thing for me is that I qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship!!! Very happy with that!”

The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon

But the McLaren driver is now preparing for the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon on August 19. According to a statement, “All participants are encouraged to join Jenson in raising funds for his chosen charity for this year’s event, Help for Heroes.”

The triathlon will start with a 300m swim followed by a 10km bike ride and finish with a 2.5km run, all within the grounds of the beautiful 1,065 acre estate surrounding Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, Luton, UK.

Detailed information about the race itself can be found here:

Fans can also donate money instead of participating in the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, follow the instructions here:

A message from Jenson

“I’ve been talking about hosting my own Triathlon for a while now and am delighted it’s finally happening. I’ve been lucky enough to punish myself in triathlons around the world and it’s become a big part of my life and the perfect way to train for F1.

I wanted to put on something different and give competitors more of a unique experience, which with the format and the venue I’m confident we’ll achieve.

It’s also a great chance for everyone taking part to team up and help raise some money for a fantastic charity in Help For Heroes, we’ve set it up so everyone can fund raise together and there will even be some amazing prizes for the top fundraisers including a VIP trip to the Monaco Grand Prix in 2013 for the person who raises the most money!

Look forward to seeing everyone on the day for what will be a great event.”

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 in order to provide direct, practical support to wounded injured and sick Service personnel and their families. All the funds raised to date are either allocated or spent on the direct, practical support of those wounded in the current conflicts.

To date, H4H has funded a variety of projects including the £8m Rehabilitation Complex at Headley Court, a new £3.5m treatment centre for Combat Stress, adaptive adventure training through the Battle Back programme and the creation of a £6m Quick Reaction Fund to support individuals in need.


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