oldest triathlete Arthur
Gilbert, 92, completes his latest event
92 year-old Burnham-On-Sea pensioner Arthur Gilbert took the limelight
at the town's spring triathlon on Sunday (April 21st).
- who became the world's oldest triathlete in 2011 - completed
a gruelling 250m swim, 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run in a time
of one hour, 27 minutes and 48 seconds.
completing the course, Arthur told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
went really well, I enjoyed every minute of it and I'm delighted
with my time."
Swim and Sports Academy's co-owner, Mark Cox-Conklin, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Arthur is such an inspiration. He's such a nice guy and
always so humble about taking part. To be completing triathlons
at his age - and to be so fit and active - is just amazing."
has now completed 25 triathlons in Burnham. He developed a passion
for running when he was younger - he has been competing since
the 1970s - but only took up the sport seriously 20 years ago
and entered his first triathlon proper aged 68.
his age, he sticks to a rigorous training regime, going to the
gym three times a week, cycling 25 miles on Sundays and swimming
at his local pool every day.
former helicopter engineer, who was crowned British duathlon champion
in his age group seven times, has even received royal recognition
for his outstanding achievements.
an MBE for his charity work over 35 years, he was also sent a
letter by Prince Charles congratulating him on his previous triathlons
and wishing him luck in future races.
Arthur, who is a member of local running group Burnham Harriers
and was an Olympic torch bearer last year, attributes his extraordinary
stamina to living a stress-free life, giving blood - and eating
lots of bananas.
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."
have a lot of help and Im motivated by my wonderful family
and local supporters. They, along with regular training and the
fact this is all for charity, help keep me going."