91 year-old Burnham-On-Sea triathlete completes his 41st triathlon!
91 year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner Arthur Gilbert, who
is the world's oldest triathlete, successfully completed his 41st
triathlon on Sunday (June 10th).
who carried the Olympic flame through Minehead last month, took
part in today's Burnham Sprint Triathlon where he completed a
500 metre swim followed by a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
efforts were all the more remarkable because he has been nursing
a hamstring injury in recent weeks.
crossing the finishing line on Burnham beach, he was congratulated
by one of the race organisers, Sara Cox-Conklin Arthur (pictured
above), and told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was tough, but I
enjoyed every moment of it again today."
completed the event in a time of 2 hours, 47 minutes and 22 seconds.
His swim took him 31 minutes and 54 seconds, the cycle ride was
1 hour, 11 minutes and eight seconds and the run was 59 minutes
and 20 seconds.
was handed the title of the world's oldest triathlete last
year by The World Records Academy, having completed his 40th
was awarded an
MBE for his charity work in 2008 and was also sent a letter
by Prince Charles congratulating him on his triathlons. Arthur
attributes his incredible stamina to a stress-free life, giving
blood, and eating plenty of bananas.
Arthur Gilbert running out of the cycle stage
Arthur running along the beach in the final stages of the
big hug from his proud grand daughter, Natalie