Midlands based business advisors and accountants Smith Cooper have announced that they will again sponsor the Team Challenge as part of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon in Derby on Sunday July 17 2016.
Teams of three will have the chance to race twice during the day with each member tackling one of the three Triathlon stages.
The Team Challenge consists of a 200m swim in Markeaton Lake, followed by a 10km cycle on a closed-road circular route into the city centre and back to the park and finally a 2.5km run.
Each team will receive prizes including a medal and goody bag. An exclusive Team Challenge tent will also be erected in the event village in Markeaton Park where team members can relax, enjoy a post-race massage and soak in the atmosphere with food, drink, live music and prizes to be presented by Jenson Button himself.
David Nelson, Partner at Smith Cooper explained: “Last year’s Jenson Button Trust Triathlon was a fantastic celebration of sport – attracting novice and elite athletes alike.
“As a firm, we are proud to once again partner with the organisers and sponsor the Team Challenge at the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, a day which is quickly becoming one of the most highly anticipated sporting events this summer.
“The great thing about the Team Challenge is that it is the ideal way for friends and colleagues to combine their individual strengths and work together to achieve the coveted Team Challenge Winner title.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience last year and hope that more firms and groups of friends will take up the gauntlet and compete in the Team Challenge this July.”
Last year’s Team Challenge was won by Derby-based construction company MBS who also provided all the infrastructure for the event.
Managing Director Adam Stevenson said: “There were 15 teams last year but we hope there will be many more when the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon returns to the city this July.
“Team MBS will be training hard to try and retain our title this year but I am sure the competition will be even stiffer this year as more teams come on board.”
Dean Jackson from event organisers, Derby-based HUUB Events, concluded: “We are delighted that the support from Smith Cooper has ensured that we are able to offer the Team Challenge as part of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon again this year.
“Their support enables the funds raised from the Team Challenge to all go to Cancer Research UK which is the Jenson Button Trust’s partner charity this year.
“With the confirmation of the Team Challenge and the introduction of the ‘Be More Bailey’ family challenge headed by the inspirational young lad Bailey Matthews – this is now truly an event for everyone to enjoy regardless of their age or experience in the growing sport of triathlon.
“Entries from novice and elite athletes alike for the individual event are gathering pace and the response from the business community at the launch event hosted by Marketing Derby was brilliant so I am sure that we will have literally thousands of people joining Jenson for a fantastic day of sport this July.”
Individuals and teams will get the chance to race twice on July 17. The preliminary will consist of a 200m swim in Markeaton Lake; 11km cycle from the park and into the city centre before returning to the park to complete a 2.5km run.
In the individual event, the top male and female performers will then go on to the finals – completing a 400m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, with the runners up entering the wooden spoon race. The Team Challenge participants will race again in the afternoon over the Super Sprint distance and the team with the fastest average time will emerge victorious.
During the lunchtime break – the ‘Be More Bailey’ family challenge will start with a 50m swim in the lake then head out onto the closed roads for a 2.5km cycle before a 750m run – crossing the same finishing line as the JBTT triathletes.
For more information and to register for the event, please visit www.jensonbuttontri.com and, for latest news and training tips, please follow on Twitter @JBTrustTri