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A EXPLANATION FROM GUINNESS...

Hello Everyone,

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.

Kind regards

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!

John

2016 Challenge 2 - 5hr Swim Session - DONE!

Hello Everyone,

A quick debrief after another challenge completed!

If you didn't know, yesterday I completed the 2nd challenge of my 2016 season by successfully completing a 5hr swim session. The session was 100m efforts off 2mins (swim and recovery) continuously for 5hrs.
Firstly I would like to thank everyone that came down to Surrey Sports Park to either just show their support or whose who got in with me for a few 100m efforts. I would also like to make a special mention to my amazing Mrs Marsha El-Hage (who herself swum a new furthest distance of 6.5km during the 5hrs) and Simon Kibble & my Mum Carole Brame. these three were there at the beginning and still there after 5+ hrs on a very hot poolside providing motivation, nutrition, support and assistance, I couldn't have done it without you.

Anyway, how did it go?

I started at 11:50am and had decided that I would break the challenge up into blocks of 10 x 100m and I would allow people to join me at the start of each 10 but not in the middle, this would allow me a routine. Once I got going I settled down into a steady 1:25min pace per 100m so getting 35secs rest and until about block 5 I was feeling good. I never had any idea of time until Simon told me I was half way, so it was just a case of managing each block of 10 x 100m. Through blocks 6-8 I struggled, my shoulders started to feel tight and my times dropped to 1:30-1:34mins per 100m but I knew if I could get to the 100 x 100m point I was going to happy..... even if I didn't make the full 5hrs.

I did the whole 100 x 100m with no toys, no pull buoy or paddles and was genuinely proud of myself, I had had my doubts and after a Thursday and Friday or driving and lifting/moving heavy office furniture and a Saturday or more driving and 100+km hilly ride, I did wonder whether I would have even got to this point!
After the 100th 100m it was tough, and I did really have a wobble (literally) about 12km into the session, but as I got nearer the end people kept arriving to show their support and I just kept checking off each 100m effort.

I finished the session hurting in places I have never hurt before, my back, arms, lats and triceps were pounding, but I was super happy and feel I am another step closer to my World Record attempt at The Blenheim Palace Triathlon in a few weeks!

Challenge totals:

Total swim time: 05:03:12hrs
Total swim distance: 14.5km or 14,500m
Total lengths (of a 50m pool): 290 lengths
Total toilet stops: 3 breaks of 2-3mins

If you don't know these crazy 'challenges' are all in aid of the Bloodwise‪#‎Charity‬ and I am hoping to raise as much money for them as possible in 2016. I have at least 6 more challenges planned and any amount you can spare to support me, to support this amazing charity is greatly appreciated. The link is below.....

My Virgin Money Giving page: My page: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnBrame

2016 Challenge 1 - 12hr Brick Session - DONE!

A tough day is over and Challenge 1 of 2016 is DONE!

Today I completed a 12 hour Brick Session in Richmond Park. The brick session consisted of 2 full laps of the 11km Richmond Park road circuit and then a 2 lap 5km run. I did this continuously for 12 hours.
The day started at 4am so I could get a head start on the cars, walkers, cyclists that all start entering the park at 10-11am onwards. It was pitch black when I started and with my bike lights on I did the first 3 hours completely alone, but had my Marsha El-HageSimon Kibble and Carole Brame all at the house to greet me between each discipline which helped.

I had a few dark times when the 12 hours looked impossible and I did consider on more than one occasion just giving up, but about 6 hours into the session some very supportive RG Active people came to the house to support me and some even joined me for a few disciplines.

I must say a massive thank you to: Richard Dickens Vicki Abberton Anne Renshaw Richard Wild Emma Young Simon Burrell Joe Maule Catherine Gualdino Maule Henry Yorke Ian Wilson Malcolm Lyon Rob Elliott and also Matt Price, Katie Price, Richard Mothersole, Andi G and Krista & Ryan Bibbings.

The last 3 runs were miserable, but they were saved by having strong bike legs in the later stages of the 12 hours. I had my lovely Mrs (Marsha El-Hage) join me for two of the last 4 bikes and this was very motivational and as tough as it was I stayed focused and kept a level of consistency until the end.

The session in numbers:

9 x Bike legs totalling 198km
9 x Run legs totalling 45km
18 transitions between bike/run
Total time 12:13:51hrs
Fastest bike time: Bike 6 in 49:46mins
Fastest run time: Run 2 in 22:57mins
Slowest bike time: Bike 8 in 55:47mins (traffic didn't help)
Slowest run time: Run 8 in 29:43mins (walk/run)
5939 calories burnt

After the 12 hours I had a visit from Alice Monger-Godfrey and she was kind enough to help me with a massage and an ‪#‎osteopathy‬ treatment to help speed up the healing and recovery and right now i'm chilling with Marsha El-Hage and friends,watching a movie and counting the seconds before I can go to bed and to sleep! haha

Finally a massive thank you to Etixx UK who fuelled me for most of the day,Finlay Paton and Rose Bikes UK for their awesome bikes, CEP UK & Irelandfor holding me together and helping me recover right now, Bollé & Bollé Cycling for their awesome helmet and glasses, QSW Sports UK for the kit that kept me dry, un-chaffed, and warm throughout the day, Curranz for their product both before and now after and RG Active Ltd. & RG Active Race Team London for their support and friendship.

Thank you everyone, I found today harder than I thought but I did it and I can't take all the credit, so many people helped me get to the finish!

See you all again soon!

John Brame

P.S. Photos and images to follow soon!
If you haven't sponsored me and think you could after todays achievement please do, I would be most grateful!

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My VERY disappointing experience with Guinness World Records so far..... (Part One)

I wanted to ask the question....

"When did the Guinness World Records become only about making money and not about celebrating the amazing achievements of people and raising money for charity?"

My journey with GWR started back in October/November 2015 when I had the idea to attempt to set a World Record as a personal challenge to raise money for charity.

I have never raised money for charity before because I had never felt people would want to sponsor me for something unless it was something special and something that people would consider a real test of my mental and physical ability based on my background in sport.

I went away and did my research and after seeing some of the very odd and very silly records that currently stand, I thought my plan for the 'Most Sprint Triathlons in 12hrs and 24hrs' would definitely be something that people would be keen to support me and I never thought  passing it with GWR would be an issue.

The application process with GWR was quite simple, all automated through their website. The first thing that amazed me was the application wait time of 3 months but that just shows how many applications they must receive. I was however surprised that you could opt for a fast track option which costs £450 +VAT. This was my first disappointment, although I am on a deadline and fast tracking my application would allow me more time to plan and more time to fundraise, how could I justify spending this money if 1) it comes out of money that could go to charity or 2) out of my own pocket when the answer from GWR could be 'no' and I've just wasted £450 +VAT!! The fact that they state prices '+VAT' suggests that their target audience for fast tracking applications is corporates who £450 is a small fee and they can claim the VAT back. They don't seem to have considered individuals, like myself, taking time to attempt these records, who are not doing it for financial gain, to raise money for charity and are dictated by a specific event deadline and could genuinely use a fast track service to make the most of their precious time!

Anyway, I waited and waited and it was a long 10-12 weeks but I got my response.....

"Your application has been rejected"

I was gutted and considering the record I was applying for didn't exist, I couldn't see they had just rejected it? I didn't give up, I started communication, via their website as you talk to a human being at GWR, and sent an email asking why. Like with the application process they ask for up to 2 weeks to reply to any correspondence!!!!! This is going to be a looooonnnngggg process!

I have added a few images of current GWR certificates that I have found on the internet. It makes me wonder if I should have looked at slightly different challenges. 

I think I could have been quite good at eating Ferrero Rocher chocolates, I don't think training for Wii Fit Hula Hooping would be a lot easier, and warmer than what I am currently doing! 

I don't want to demean the challenges of the people that earned these certificates, but I wonder if they went through so much to get their record accepted????

I hate writing posts like this as I sound so negative, and that is not me.

All I want to do is challenge myself to do something(s) special and in doing that raise money for worthy causes and charities. If I can help those brands, and businesses that sponsor and support me by offering them a little coverage for my efforts that is great, but Guinness don't get that and I would like to know why?

The next part gets even more ridiculous so come back soon for the second instalment of this frustrating episode.