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Jenson Button sets personal best in first London Marathon

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Jenson Button has shattered his personal best time after completing the London Marathon in two hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.

Button ran for Cancer Research UK and was looking to beat his former benchmark of two hours 58 minutes. The 2009 world champion is known to be a keen marathon and triathlon competitor but had never before attempted the famous race through the streets of his capital city.

Setting a time under three hours in a marathon is considered to be elite and Button's efforts saw him cross the line 918th out of an estimated 37,800 competitors. The 35-year old was involved in a personal head-to-head with former Olympic rowing champion and London Marathon regular James Cracknell, who finished a little way up the road.

After finishing, Button told the BBC: "The most amazing thing is, I've done quite a bit of training but there are so many people in front of me. People have put in so much effort and it's actually quite emotional. It was really cool."

Button's wife Jessica also took part in the marathon, completing it in four hours and 15 minutes, while Manor boss Graeme Lowdon finished in just under four and a half hours.

After the marathon Button tweeted a picture of himself in action.