Marc Hunt, master window cleaner at Window Wise, has signed up to the window-cleaning competition at London’s Cleaning Show in March.
A window cleaner from Aylesbury is set to try to wipe out a long-standing Guinness World Record set by the World’s fastest window cleaner Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows.
Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows, who is still officially the world’s fastest window cleaner 20 years on from setting his first record on BBC1’s Record Breakers, has challenged window cleaners from across the world to take him on at the event.
You can watch a video of Terry in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv8tpOXjJXs
Terry’s best-ever performance, which saw him clean three 1.143m high windows in just 9.14 seconds, took place in Blackpool in 2009. This was a tenth of a second faster than his previous best time set four years earlier, also in Blackpool, and included a one second penalty for leaving two water marks.
Terry, who is from Romford in Essex, said: “As a former martial arts instructor and boxer I managed to perfect a rapid 16-move sequence which is very hard to copy if you don’t have the core strength, flexibility, fast hands and reflexes.
“However, unlike the early days when I first started competing, now you can study my technique via clips on YouTube, and each year a new generation of cleaners come along to try and beat me.
“Maybe this year I’ll finally meet my match, and I’ll have to hand over my title. But even if that happens I’ll never forget how great it was to hold the record for so many years.”
Marc who has been in business on George Hammond Lane since 1999 said: “Terry is a legend in the world of window cleaning and his record has stood for over 20 years.
“However, I’ve got technique and skill and I’m looking forward to challenging for Terry’s record and seeing how quick I really am. It would be amazing to be the World record holder. I’d be proud to bring the title to Aylesbury. “
The world record window cleaning challenge is organised and adjudicated on behalf of The Guinness Book of Records by the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC), the national trade association for the window cleaning industry.
Paul Thrupp, Executive Council Member of the FWC and an official Cleaning Show world record judge, said: “Terry has done amazingly well to hang on to his record for this long but there’s always a chance of an upset. Lots of our members have already told us they are planning to take a crack at his record, and some are in training right now.
“Having said that, when you see Terry on video or cleaning live he moves so quickly it’s hard to imagine someone will ever manage a sub-nine second time even if they try and copy his technique. So we’ll have to wait and see if anyone can match him when the competition comes to London next week.”
Anyone else from Buckinghamshire interested in taking Terry on, or wanting to watch Marc make the world record attempt at The Cleaning Show, can register for free at www.cleaningshow.co.uk
The Cleaning Show is at the ExCeL London, at the Royal Victoria Dock, east London from March 14 – 16.