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Jenson Button goes the extra mile

ESPN Staff
October 31, 2012
Jenson Button runs Dubai Autodrome with his trainer Mike Collier and Richard Williams © Dubai Autodrome

While drivers made their way to Abu Dhabi and took the chance for a day or two of relaxation between the back-to-back grands prix, Jenson Button used the time to run round the Dubai Autodrome along with personal trainer Mike Collier and former race driver Richard Williams.

Button, who regularly competes in triathlons, completed six laps of the circuit, totaling 35kms, in the early morning sunshine. He explained it was part preparation for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, partly preparation for his first marathon in Hawaii in early December.

"It's good to do training in hot conditions, which is perfect for this weekend's race in Abu Dhabi," he told Sport360. "It's also good for my weight. It keeps it down. If I run I lose so much weight, which I need because you're limited on weight when you are a tall driver. And have you seen marathon runners? They're quite skinny.

"At around 30 km I hit what they call 'the wall', which also happened to be the start of a hill and started to feel the pain, but got through it."

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