pensioner becomes 'world's oldest triathlete'
ninety year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner has this week been named
the worlds oldest triathlete.
Gilbert, who lives in Berrow Road, has been handed the title by
The World Records Academy, having completed his 40th triathlon
earlier this year.
incredible pensioner was awarded
an MBE for his charity work in 2008 and was also sent a letter
by Prince Charles congratulating him on his triathlons.
attributes his incredible stamina to living a stress-free life,
giving blood, and eating plenty of bananas.
He says: "I started taking it all seriously when I was 68
- I was a bit late getting started so Ive spent the years
ever since then trying to make up for it."
secret is staying stress-free, being happy, doing charity work
and being positive. I dont drink or smoke and have regular
check-ups. I also have a very balanced diet with lots of fruit
for breakfast which helps tremendously - I love nuts and bananas."
He added: "Some of it is down to giving blood. The old blood
goes out, the new comes in to replace it and rejuvenates you."
"I've donated 45 pints of blood altogether since I was 51
and only stopped when I reached the age limit. People think it
decreases your performance in life but it doesnt."
Arthur visits Burnham Swim and Sports Academy three times a week
to keep in tip-top condition. "I have to work really hard
at keeping fit. Being disciplined and going out and doing it even
when you dont feel like it is the key to success,"
with Burnham Swim and Sports Academy's owners Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin
earlier this year