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'Some people want to be best'

A world record is powerful, it can be a newly discovered fact or a feat that fills a person with awe and excitement.

entertainment Updated: Aug 07, 2010 22:32 IST

What is the task of a judge? How many records have you awarded?

As an adjudicator, I ensure our guidelines are followed correctly. The presence of an official also lends authenticity to the record attempt and raises its profile. Adjudicators are trained in handling media. I have awarded nine records around the world last year.

Some records are set, others are broken. How does it work?

Anybody can go to our website and apply to make a claim. It's free. Once we receive the claim, we send the applicant our guidelines on how to attempt the record. We have a number of record managers, each with their own areas of expertise. If the participants do not have an adjudicator present, claimants may send the evidence to our office in London. Not every proposal is acceptable as a record.

What drives people to set records?

A world record is powerful, it can be a newly discovered fact or a feat that fills a person with awe and excitement. Conversely, it can be something personal, a specific interest that they follow, something that represents an ambition or aspiration. Some people want to be the best in the world at something and some people use it to raise awareness of their cause or event.

Louise Toms (27) is an adjudicator with Guinness World Records.