Veteran English Triathlete Sets New Record
April 2013 has seen Arthur Gilbert, the world's oldest triathlete adding to his tally of completed events as he stormed to the finish line of the annual Burnham-on-Sea Triathlon in Somerset, England.
Arthur aged 92, has been running competitively since the 1970s and first competed in a triathlon when he was 64 years old. He has subsequently competed in over 40 multi-event races. His training regime includes 50 lengths of his local swimming pool every day, 3 visits to the gym each week and 25 km on a bicycle on Sundays.
Arthur, who is a veteran of the Second World War and worked as helicopter engineer throughout his working life, became Britain's oldest triathlete aged 90, when he completed the Burnham-on-Sea Triathlon in April 2011. His time was 1 hour 20 minutes and nine seconds. In December 2011 the World Record Academy confirmed the 90-year old was also the oldest triathlete in the world.
In 2012, Arthur received the accolade of being selected as a torch bearer for the Olympic Torch, as the flame made its way around the UK prior to the opening ceremony of the London Summer Games. Although this was not the only honour afforded to this dedicated athlete - he was a recipient of the MBE from HRH Prince Charles (pictured above) in 2008, in recognition of the substantial sum of money that he has raised for charity through his athletic efforts.
Many people ask how Arthur maintains his dedication and motivation to continue participating in athletic events when most folks would be forgiven for putting their feet up and relaxing. His answer is simple; he enjoys a stress-free life, eats lots of bananas and regularly gives blood.