Derby-based HUUB Events have revealed that the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon will return to Derby for the third consecutive year on Sunday July 23.
The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon previously took place near Luton and was held at Markeaton Park for the first time in July 2015.
This summer’s event will be even bigger with elite, seasoned and novice triathletes as well as teams of three in the Team Challenge, competing alongside Formula 1 McLaren Honda racing driver Jenson Button in a day of sport.
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.
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.
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.
Jenson Button said: “Moving the triathlon to Derby has enabled us to grow the event in terms of entrants and spectators and make it a great day out for the whole family.
“It’s an amazing location in the park and having a closed road cycle route is a particular bonus thanks to the support of Derby City Council.”
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.
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 extremely popular in the last two years and a big crowd is expected to attend.
Derby-based HUUB Events will again be organising the event on behalf of the Jenson Button Trust.
Race Director Claire Duffin said: “Last year’s event was again a triumph for Derby and we have been had a lot of feedback from athletes both local and across the UK asking whether it will be coming back to the city again this year.
“We are looking to make this event the biggest and best ever and I hope that the Derby business community will continue to get behind us to help make this a fantastic day of sport.