Burnham-On-Sea triathlete, 91, carries Olympic torch through Minehead
pensioner Arthur Gilbert - who was last year named the world's
oldest triathlete - has carried the Olympic torch through Minehead
to the sound of loud cheers this afternoon (Monday).
91, who lives in Berrow Road, was handed the record title last
year by The World Records Academy, having completed his 40th
Monday, the pensioner was cheered on by supporters as he jogged
and walked along the 300 metre stretch of the route proudly carrying
the Olympic flame.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was so thrilled to take part
- it was a fantastic, wonderful day. The atmosphere was just unbelievable
and it will stay with me forever."
incredible pensioner was also 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.
community gardener Sarah Milner Simonds and Burnham's Katrina
Doyle, 13, who bravely overcame leukaemia as a child and has raised
thousands for cancer charity CLIC Sargent, also carried the flame
Gilbert with fellow Burnham torch bearers Sarah Milner Simonds
and Katrina Doyle after Monday's torch relay (Pic: Andy Slocombe)