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Jenson Button posts personal best at the Mazda London Triathlon

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08/02/2009 - 13:27

london-tri-winner-09.jpgToday saw current Formula One championship leader, Jenson Button (29), record a personal best at the Mazda London Triathlon – the world’s largest triathlon. The British driver displayed his physical fitness and passion for the world’s fastest growing mass participation sport as he excelled at today’s event, recording a remarkable time of two hours, seven minutes and two seconds over the Olympic distance.
Button was joined in his race wave by British MotoGP 125cc rider, Bradley Smith, who recorded a total time of 2 hours, thirteen minutes and thirty six seconds. The motorsport pairing exchanged some pre and post race banter, but it was Button who finished as the narrow victor after both men put in impressive performances.
Button commented, “I had to wake up at 4am to get here this morning and I loved it – it has been my best ever Sunday morning.  I enjoyed it today, it’s such an amazing event, it’s so big and it’s great that triathlon is doing so well in the UK. I hope that its growth continues.”
Of Bradley Smith, Button commented, “He did very well, he’s a fit lad and so am I and it’s great to show that at events like this. Our performance demonstrates that we do have to train hard to be an F1 driver or a MotoGP rider and that when we aren’t racing, we aren’t just at home sitting around and that we do have to be very fit in order to race at the level we do.”
In the elite field, Great Britain’s Will Clarke won the men’s race with Australian, Courtney Atkinson (2nd) and the overall British Triathlon Super Series winner, Stuart Hayes, finishing in third place. Great Britain’s current World Champion Helen Jenkins took the honours in the women’s elite race with Liz Blatchford (2nd) and Jodie Swallow (3rd) close behind.
Another familiar face around the course on Saturday was that of ex-England and British Lions winger, Rory Underwood, who completed the Olympic course in a time of three hours, ten minutes and twenty eight seconds. The former Royal Air Force Pilot was raising money for Help for Heroes and received great support as he completed his first Olympic distance triathlon.
In total, the weekend witnessed nearly ten thousand competitors taking part in the swim-bike-run event, with over fifty percent of those being triathlon first-timers. Starting and finishing at London’s ExCeL, the course spanned some of the city’s most renowned landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge. Over £3 million was raised for charity with over fifty five thousand spectators cheering on the competitors.
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Notes to Editors
 
All race times will be uploaded to www.triathlonresults.co.uk on the morning of 03.08.09
Elite Race times:
Male Elite

Name
Nation
Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total

Will Clarke
UK
00:18:46
00:01:34
00:54:39
00:01:47
00:27:45
01:44:29

Courtney Atkinson
AUS
00:18:33
00:01:38
00:54:49
00:01:45
00:28:05
01:44:48

Stuart Hayes
UK
00:18:39
00:01:38
00:54:40
00:01:47
00:28:42
01:45:25

Female

Name
Nation
Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total

Helen Jenkins
UK
00:19:51
00:01:52
01:00:42
00:02:03
00:31:44
01:56:09

Liz Blatchford
UK
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
01:56:46

Jodie Swallow
UK
00:19:51
00:01:52
01:00:44
00:02:03
00:32:26
01:56:53

Junior Male

Name
Nation
Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total

Peter Anderson
UK
00:10:05
00:01:40
00:37:31
00:01:50
00:16:21
01:07:25

Alexander Young
UK
00:01:11
00:01:47
00:39:23
00:01:55
00:15:09
01:08:23

Bradley T Hales
UK
00:09:39
00:02:02
00:37:39
00:02:02
00:17:07
01:08:27

Junior Female

Name
Nation
Swim
T1
Bike
T2
Run
Total

Hollie Avil
UK
00:10:27
00:01:46
00:40:30
00:01:59
00:15:52
01:10:32

Lois Rosindale
UK
00:11:02
00:01:52
00:42:22
00:01:58
00:17:00
01:14:13

Nicola Morgan
UK
00:10:59
00:02:01
00:42:16
00:01:57
00:17:09
01:14:20

Notes to Editor:
About IMG Mass Participation Sports
A division of IMG, Mass Participation Sports is highly experienced in successfully staging mass participation events in the UK including: Mazda London Triathlon (the world’s largest triathlon), Mazda Blenheim Triathlon, Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity London Duathlon (the world’s largest Duathlon) and Etape Caledonia (the UK’s only closed roads mass participation cycling event).  New events in 2008 will include Run to the Beat (London’s first half marathon) in addition to Barcelona and Stockholm Triathlons.
IMG is the world's premier and most diversified sports, entertainment and media company which helps the world's leading marketers and media networks to grow their businesses through IMG event properties, media production and distribution, talent brands, sponsorship consulting, brand licensing, sponsorship sales and other services.
IMG is the global leader in event management and talent representation across golf, tennis and fashion and has a significant presence in many other sports, cultural and lifestyle categories. Founded in 1960 with a handshake between Mark McCormack and golf legend Arnold Palmer, IMG has grown into a global operation. In 2004, renowned entrepreneurial pioneer Ted Forstmann acquired the company and infused it with renewed energy, creativity, and strategic direction.
The Mazda London  Triathlon will be one of the five races within the British Triathlon Super Series, which has been created by the British Triathlon Federation in Partnership with IMG Mass Participation Sports and Human race. The British Triathlon Super Series creates a world class environment for domestic and international competitors, providing a high profile shop window for Triathlon in the UK. The Series aims to raise awareness and encourage participation in the country’s fastest growing sport in the build up to London 2012.
For press enquiries relating to IMG Mass Participation Sports, please contact Alex Coulson, Dan Williams or Michael Scallon at SBI.  Tel: 020 8233 5964 / 5967 / 5963; E: alex.coulson@sbi.co.uk / dan.williams@sbi.co.uk / michael.scallon@sbi.co.uk or visit www.thelondontriathlon.com 
About Mazda UK and Triathlon
Mazda is committed to growing the sport of triathlon.  As well as providing headline sponsorship to the Mazda Blenheim Triathlon since 2007 and the Mazda London Triathlon for the last two years, Mazda also sponsors elite triathlete Tim Don to act as an ambassador for the sport.
For media enquiries about Mazda’s triathlon sponsorship programme, please contact Kaya Mallinder:
T: 01622 766 521 / M: 07921 484 915 / E: kaya.mallinder@pfpr.com or visit www.wearetriathlon.com

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