I haven't written blog for a while and one of the main reason why is that after Blenheim and the World Record attempt I was waiting for my response from Guinness World Records (GWR) as to whether my World Record would be allowed to stand. Well, yesterday I got my answer from GWR and like the whole GWR experience it was less than satisfactory.
As you might know, when applying to GWR for the attempt at the beginning they mentioned a target of 10 full spring triathlons or 30 disciplines inside of the 12hrs. this was always going to be virtually impossible at Blenheim due to the tough course but we hoped that should I try my best they would recognise it and allow the record to stand for someone to come along and break it.
After Blenheim I collated and submitted all the my video and photographic evidence, my times, my witness statements etc. I sent it away and after 2+ months of waiting this is what I received from GWR...
"Dear John Brame
Thank you for sending us the evidence of your record attempt for Most sprint triathlons completed in 12 hours. We have now looked into your evidence pack in detail, and we are sorry to inform you that we are unable to approve your record. Unfortunately your application has failed to break the current record which stands at N/A and is held by N/A. Whilst we fully appreciate that this is not the decision you were hoping for, we trust that you will understand our position. However, if you have any further record proposals please do make another application, we would be delighted to hear from you again.
Once again thank you for contacting Guinness World Records.
Records Management Team at Guinness World Records"
To say I was disappointed was an understatement so I after a quick rant on twitter I got back in touch with GWR and asked why can my record not stand if there is no record that currently exists and what/who is 'N/A' supposed to mean?
GWR did reply to me quickly, but mainly because of the twitter rant and the response that so many of your guys gave that was less than nice about what GWR had replied to me. In this latest reply they state that in looking into this record 'in depth' they have found someone, somewhere to have done 25 disciplines so they can't allow my record to stand.
Did this person do it as an official GWR attempt?
Did this person provide witness statements and evidence to prove his 25?
If it is a record that I have not beaten why is it not in the GWR book?
I am sure there are people out there (maybe even me) who can eat more Ferrero Rocher chocolates than the person who currently holds the World Record according to GWR, but if these are not registered or done through the correct, long winded way that GWR insist, the record according to GWR stays. So, unless this 25 discipline record was done 'officially' I can't see why thy won't allow my record to stand and put it out there for someone else to beat?
If anyone doesn't agree with me then thats cool, and this is being written in the heat of the moment when I am disappointed, not for myself, but for the team at IMG who put in so much work to allow the attempt to happen at their event, for the team at Bloodwise who have supported all my silly 2016 challenges and for my amazing friends and family, many of whom lived the whole 12hr experience with me.
I am going to tweet this, make sure if you retweet it add the @GWR tag so they can read it to, and we can either get the 25 discipline attempt in the GWR book for someone to beat, or my 21 discipline attempt in the book for someone to beat, either way this record SHOULD exist!
Thank you for reading and see you all soon for a less frustrated blog post!