The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon took place at Markeaton Park in Derby last weekend, and a few of the Tri Camp TFN Race Team took part. Here’s what they thought of the event:
“The race is relative new with it being only in its second year and attracted a whole range of abilities.
The Course is set in a great place with each discipline taking advantage of the area. Swim and run possibly one of the best around. So if you are looking for Olympic distance race next year it’s not a bad one. I was third out of the water, second off the bike and pulled away on the run. Don’t expect any decent prizes though as there wasn’t any.” – Ian Smith
“New location this year in Derby at Markeaton Park. Starts with a super sprint qualifier in the morning, first time I’ve ever raced over such a short distance and it hurts! 200m swim over in a flash but I sat on Emma Pallent’s toes, then a 300m run to T1 where I overtook as I’d gone non wetsuit. Technical bike course and in the pouring rain in the morning so took the corners steady. Onto run and 2.5k has never felt so long – still out of breath from the swim leg! Finished in 4th, 7th overall once second heat had finished and so into the women’s final.
Final is sprint distance – which after how much the super sprint hurt was a bit daunting! This time you could tell the pro’s had taken the first swim easy as the gun went and I couldn’t jump onto their toes in the swim, I was about 3m down and on my own but made up time in T1 as again I’d gone non wetsuit. 2 laps on the bike now but the sun was out and roads dry again – great bike course with fast technical sections through Derby city center – oh and closed roads which is a rarity for AG racing! Back off the bike and in 7th place overall behind the likes of Emma Pallent and Sophie Coleman (of GBR elite fame), but a glute injury I’ve been nursing was now hurting, walked a bit on first lap of run, then jogged round to the end of lap 1, stopped and had a chat with friend there to say I was going to pull out, but he said I had a healthy lead over next competitors and just to take it easy and carry on (top 10 get prize money), so the thought of some ££ got me running again. Did get overtaken but held on for 9th place overall.
It’s a great event – best goodie bag in 6 years of tri racing (a high stuff-you-want to leaflet ratio), festival atmosphere in event village with live bands, fast racing, closed roads, and a tough field full of elites (due to the prize money I imagine) but an amazing chance to get to race against some of the best triathletes on the ITU circuit.” – Kathryn Berry