F1: triathlon success for Jenson Button

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarMonday, June 16th, 2008

 
 
This post relates to the 2008 Royal Windsor Triathlon that Jenson Button took part in. To find out how he did in the 2009 London Triathlon click here.

It’s been a rough racing season for Jenson Button this year – so it was encouraging to see him put in a highly creditable performance in the Nokia Royal Windsor Triathlon on Sunday.

Find out more about the competition here >>

The testing endurance event consists of a 1,500-metre swim in the River Thames, a 42-kilometre bike ride through neighbouring villages and a 10-kilometre run through Windsor Great Park. It is one of the most well-established and popular in Britain.

Button came provisionally 117th of 1,624 finishers overall. However, he was 14th in his category with a time of 02:22:43. He was competing in the male 25-29 age-group in the full-distance event.

Read the full results here >>

He competed in his first UK triathlon at Sevenoaks in April, where he finished 16th out of 250 competitors.

The triathlon is a superb discipline for anyone seeking to achieve a high level of physical fitness – and our Jense wasn’t the only one partaking of its benefits.

His physio, Mike Collier, also competed in the male 25-29 age group where he came 37th with a time of 02:34:19. He was placed 407th overall.

Before the event Collier told the Formula 1 website: “I had experience of conducting driver training whilst working for the Benetton team in 2001 which was when I first met Jenson. Working with him now, it is clear to see that his fitness has improved immensely.

“Consequently, I have had to improve on my fitness levels in order to push and challenge Jenson when we train together. We have our own strengths and weaknesses which leads to a great competitive rivalry in everything.”

Well, that’s certainly dedication, Mike. Read the full interview here…

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