F1 world champion Button completes London Triathlon

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Button took part in the energy-sapping event to raise money for charity

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Reigning Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button yesterday put in a herculean performance at the London Triathlon to finish fourth in his group.

With F1 enjoying its summer break, Button along with other members of the motorsport world, took part in the energy-sapping event to raise money for charity.

Despite suffering from tonsillitis in the run-up to the event, Button produced an incredible performance to finish fourth of 570 competitors in his group, albeit seven minutes slower than his time last year in the younger group.

“I wasn’t feeling very well at the start of the week, which is why I have come in a bit slower than last time round,” said Button. “I really didn’t want to miss out on the weekend, though, as I had such a fantastic time here last year, so I just decided to battle through it.”

The annual event, which is the largest triathlon in the world, regularly attracts over 11,000 entrants who compete around London’s famous landmarks including the Palace of Westminster, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye with a 1500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike ride, and a 10-kilometre run.

Button competed to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation—a charity which makes dreams a reality for young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

At the time of writing, the 30-year-old McLaren driver has raised almost £18,000, with organisers reporting that over £2m had been raised this year for various charities.

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