Published: June 10, 2012
91 year-old Burnham-On-Sea triathlete completes his 41st triathlon!

Incredible 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).

Arthur, 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.

His efforts were all the more remarkable because he has been nursing a hamstring injury in recent weeks.

After crossing the finishing line on Burnham beach, he was congratulated by one of the race organisers, Sara Cox-Conklin Arthur (pictured above), and told "It was tough, but I enjoyed every moment of it again today."

He 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.

He was handed the title of the world's oldest triathlete last year by The World Records Academy, having completed his 40th triathlon.

Arthur 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 race

A big hug from his proud grand daughter, Natalie


Bookmark and Share

Search|Add to your Bookmarks|Send a mail from|Print this page|Back to previous page|Discuss this article

Burnham-On-Sea Seafront Webcam
Burnham-On-Sea Webcam
24-hour live pictures
See live images of the seafront and beach with Burnham's Webcam. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Shops
Burnham-On-Sea Shopping Guide
Buy in Burnham!
Support local traders by shopping in town - see our A-Z index of businesses. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Video
Burnham-On-Sea Video
Burnham video news
Watch video highlights of events across Burnham with these video clips. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Photos
Burnham-On-Sea Photos

Photo gallery
Hundreds of photos from events across the Burnham-On-Sea area. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea What's On
What's On In Burnham-On-Sea
Things to see and do
Check the constantly updated calendar for what's happening. Click here

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter See us on YouTube