12 Dec

Jenson On The Button In Marathon Debut

Jenson Button (second from left) after Honolulu marathon

After recording victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix just over a fortnight ago, Formula One racing driver, Jenson Button, put on another impressive display on Sunday (9 December) as he tackled his first marathon. The McLaren driver is a keen triathlete, having taken part in several ironman events, and decided to enter the Honolulu marathon as part a month-long winter plan in Hawaii.

Button said before the race: "It is just another challenge, a mental challenge. I'm not going to set a quick time because it's a tough hilly course. The quick guys, the Africans, they will run it and be 10 minutes off the world record, so that tells you it's not a quick circuit. But for me it will be mentally very challenging, and I love doing that sort of stuff, pushing yourself."

The 32-year-old managed a time of 2hr 58min 34sec and described the race as 'a great experience' saying: "At 34kms something hit me in the face, but support from Team Ichiban made all the difference! It was quite a tough course."

A total of 25,719 entrants took part in the event, now the second biggest marathon in the US. Kenyan and Olympic bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang broke away from the field to take victory with a time of 2:12:31 - just over a minute from the course record - while the women's race was won by Russian Valentina Galimova in 2:31:23. She said afterwards that it was by far the most difficult of the marathons she has competed in.

For a full list of results visit the Sports Stats website.