9 Mar

Button In Pole Position For London Marathon

Jenson ButtonFormer Formula 1 world champion has confirmed he will swap the Grand Prix circuit for the racing track and compete at this year’s Virgin London Marathon. Button is no stranger to distance running and boasts a 2:58:34 PB, set at the Honolulu Marathon in 2012. 

The McLaren driver is competing in aid of Cancer Research UK and is aiming to raise £5,000 for the charity. This year’s London Marathon will have a distinctly F1 feel, with Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon also set to participate.

Button will be joined by a series of other well-known faces, including radio presenter Jenni Falconer, Made in Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock, Olympic champion rower James Cracknell, as well as TV presenter Charlie Webster, who will run for the fourth time to raise funds for Centre Point. 

The upcoming London Marathon marks the 35th anniversary of the event, which was first staged on 29 March, 1981. Since then, the race has become one of the most popular in the UK, with 125,000 ballot applications received for next month’s event.

This year’s field is shaping up to be one of the strongest ever assembled with reigning champion Edna Kiplagat taking on Mary Keitany, the fastest woman since Radcliffe, and half marathon world-record holder Florence Kiplagat, all confirmed. While course-record holder Wilson Kipsang, plus world-record holder Dennis Kimetto and Kenenisa Bekele are all set to compete in the men’s competition.