What classes as a Guinness World Record?

All Guinness World Records must fulfil some certain criteria, including:

  • Measurable – Is it the fastest / longest / heaviest / most?
  • Breakable – Can the record be broken or repeated by someone else? All Guinness world record titles must be open to being challenged.
  • Standardizable – Can the record title be done universally? For example, it cannot be related to something restricted to a region.
  • Verifiable – Can the claim be proven? For example, a claim such as ‘the man who never drank water’, can never be verified unless the man spent his whole life from birth under surveillance by a witness.
  • One Variable – They can verify the Largest painting but would not consider the largest painting by the most people.
  • Universal – The proposal must be something, or about something that is known to the world’s majority. It cannot be too specific / regional.

Can I break a Guiness World Record?

Yes, children can attempt to break a Guinness World Record. However, if you are under the age of 13, you will need either a parent or guardian to create an account and submit the application on your behalf.

You can apply as an individual, wanting to make your dream come true. Or you can apply as a school, whether it’s a sports day, charitable event or an initiative to make learning fun. Guinness World Record wants to challenge and enrich young lives.

How much does it cost?

If you are attempting to break a current record then this is free of charge, however if you are attempting to set a new record then this incurs a non-refundable admin fee of £5 (plus VAT).

To speed up the process of your application you can apply for a priority application, which sees you have a reply within 5 working days rather than 12 weeks. The Priority Application service for existing titles costs £500 (plus VAT where applicable), while the cost for new titles is £650

Young World Record Holders:

Jamie Sparks

Jamie is the world’s youngest double ocean rower, a 6x world record holder and anthropologist. He set out to row the Atlantic Ocean in December 2013. His 2,800 mile voyage took him and his rowing partner 54 days.  The expedition raised over £315,000 for charity and won the team JUSTGIVING’S 2014 Endurance Fundraiser of the year award.

Lewis Clarke

Lewis, aged 16 became the youngest person to reach the south pole. He spent almost 50 days on ice, skiing for an average of eight hours a day and battling temperatures as low as -50C and winds of 120mph. Lewis raised more than £3,000 for the Prince’s Trust through the expedition.

Tommy Boyd

Tommy, aged 13 broke the record for completing 10 Maradona seven football skills in the fastest time. The record was previously held by a professional football freestyler and he beat it by 6.5 seconds! Through the challenge Tommy raised £810 for Bloodwise, a blood cancer charity close to his heart after his grandfather died of Leukaemia.

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