World's oldest triathlete, ninety-one, opens new care home

Yesterday, he was Kingfisher Lodge, which is part of Barchester Healthcare. It will be home for adults of various ages and will have a separate area for people with dementia.

Mr Gilbert recently celebrated completing his 41st race.

Last month, he carried the torch through Minehead.

Despite his age, Arthur sticks to a rigorous training regime.

The grandfather, from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, recently compelted the Burnham Sprint Triathlon in two hours, 47 minutes and 22 seconds.

His rigorous training regime includes going to the gym twice a week, cycling 25 miles every Sunday and swimming 50 lengths of his local pool every morning.

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

He began competitive racing after retiring from his job at the Westland Helicopter plant in Weston-super-Mare, where he commuted the daily 20-mile journey on his bike.

Anyone living near Kingfisher Lodge in Chestnut Walk, Saltford, has been invited to a coffee morning to meet the residents.

For more information, contact Maggie Robertson on 01225 560 039.

 

Sourced from This Is Bristol, 5th July 2012.