EXPLAINER: How to break, set a Guinness World Record

AFTER Nigerian Hilda Baci set the new record for the longest cooking marathon achieved by an individual, numerous individuals have expressed their determination to emulate or surpass her achievement to earn a coveted spot in the Guinness World Records.

Nonetheless, it is essential to bear in mind that there are several factors to consider when attempting to establish a new record, according to guidelines set out out on Guinness World Records website.

To become a Record-Holder necessitates a combination of unwavering determination, exceptional skills and wholehearted commitment.

Prior to submitting an application for an established record, it is imperative to thoroughly examine the current information and ensure that you possess the necessary qualities to surpass the existing record.

If you have a new record idea in mind, it is highly recommended to take some time to explore other existing records to determine if similar achievements have already been accomplished within your field of expertise.

Here are the steps to follow

Thoroughly delve into the extensive World Records database: Review the record-breaking criteria and policies by referring to the page titled ‘What Makes a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Record Title?’ Take the time to familiarise yourself with this information.

Select a World Record to attempt: Perhaps you already have a particular World Record in mind that you’re eager to pursue, or alternatively, you can propose a fresh concept.

Submit your application and patiently await the receipt of the guidelines: In a case where your suggestion is not accepted, rest assured that you will be responded to and provided with a detailed explanation. Also note that the response time may take up to 12 weeks or longer if there is a higher demand than usual.

Comprehend the necessary requirements and the supporting evidence that are essential for the attempt: You will be granted access to ‘GUIDE TO YOUR EVIDENCE’, a vital document that provides detailed instructions for verifying your world record attempt. Strict adherence to the outlined rules is crucial to avoid rejection, as many attempts are disqualified due to non-compliance with these guidelines.

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Dedicate ample time and effort to practice relentlessly: Achieving the title of the World’s Best requires immense commitment. Only proceed to the next step when you possess unwavering confidence in surpassing the current World Record or meeting the minimum requirement for a new record.

Prepare for your world record attempt by scheduling a date, time, and location: Plan logistics and gather necessary equipment. Coordinate the presence of independent witnesses, specialists, photographers, and videographers. Verify the current record and aim to beat it. Enjoy the process and give it your all!

Submit all required documents, including evidence and a cover letter: Inadequate evidence leads to over 50 per cent of rejections. Once you’re ready, upload your evidence online and wait for the review. Our Records Management Team carefully assesses each application, which can take up to 12 weeks. Stay updated on current waiting times for the latest information.

Achieve success and earn an official Guinness World Records certificate.

How to apply

Log in or register an account to gain access to the record database.

Find the record you would like to attempt.

If the record is active and accepting applications it will have an ‘Apply Now’ button, then select.

If you can’t find the desired record through search, suggest a new title by selecting the ‘Apply for a new record title’ button at the bottom of the search results page.

Fill the form and submit.

Standard applications typically take up to 12 weeks to receive guidelines, with the possibility of longer wait times during periods of high demand. For the most current information on waiting periods, please check the updates.

Upon acceptance of your application, you will receive the record guidelines and subsequent instructions.

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