Button raises over £18,000 for charity in London Triathlon
Reigning world champion Jenson Button successfully completed his second consecutive London Triathlon at the weekend, albeit some seven minutes slower than last year's attempt having contracted a mild dose of tonsillitis just days before the race. The 30-year-old completed the triathlon in aid of charity and at the time of writing had already raised over £18,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Jenson competed in the Olympic distance event on the Westminster route, which comprised a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run, in the Male 30-34 age category. While the overall Olympic distance event was won by Australia's Courtney Atkinson in a time of 1h49m03s, Button trundled around in 2h14m15s placing him third in his group.
He wrote about the race on Twitter afterwards: "Great day at the London Triathlon today. Suffered quite a bit on the run due to just being physically drained I guess from the antibiotics," he said. "Still reasonably happy with the result though 2hrs14mins &14secs. Think I finished fourth out of 570 in my group." It later emerged that he had finished one place higher in third.
Jenson took 23m05s to finish the 1.5km swim, 1h02m43s for the 40km bike ride and 42m46s for the 10km run, with the transitions bringing his overall time to 2h14m15s. He ran last year's event in 2h07m02s having been seven minutes quicker on the 10km run.
Fans can still support Jenson's triathlon attempt and donate money to the Make a Wish Foundation by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/JB2010.