Jenson Button Announces Derby Race Plans

I am really looking forward to coming to Derby for this event. My team were very impressed with the city and particularly the facilities at Markeaton Park which is perfect for the open water swimming and running aspects of the triathlon.
— Jenson Button
Dean Jackson announces that Jenson Button will be racing in Derby this summer.

Dean Jackson announces that Jenson Button will be racing in Derby this summer.

Formula One driver Jenson Button will be racing in Derby this summer, it has been announced this morning at our Marketing Derby Bondholder Breakfast with Bondholder HUUB.

Though he will be racing in Derby, Jenson will be joining fellow fitness enthusiasts and competing in a triathlon which incorporates swimming, cycling and running, at Markeaton Park on Sunday 12th July.

Previously held in Luton, the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon has been relocated to Derby thanks to local entrepreneur Dean Jackson, founder of award-winning wetsuit designers, HUUB.

This is a real coup for Derby. It will be a great event for local triathletes and the whole community and will also attract competitors from all over the UK.
— Dean Jackson, HUUB

More than 1,000 competitors will enter an eliminator round in the morning which includes a 300 metre swim in the lake at Markeaton Park; a 9km road bike race around the city and surrounding area and then a 2.5km run starting and finishing in the park.

The top 50 competitors will then battle it out in a further afternoon competition with the remaining entrants joining in the Wooden Spoon final.

All of the proceeds will go to Cancer Research - the nominated charity of the Jenson Button Trust.

This is fantastic news for Derby on so many different fronts. The opening of the Derby Arena has put significantly increased interest in cycling in the city. The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon joins a packed programme of events which are popular with residents and visitors alike. And the fact that Derby is the UK’s number one high-tech city with advanced composites manufacturers here working for the Formula One teams make this the perfect fit with the city.
— Cllr Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council