I’ll clean up in win­dow ti­tle bid

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

WIN­DOW-CLEAN­ING wizard Darren Ans­bro is hop­ing to sparkle and shine by wip­ing out a world record.

Darren, of Thorn­aby, be­lieves he can take on the world’s fastest win­dow cleaner Terry “Turbo” Bur­rows.

And later this month, he will chamois on down to Lon­don for a na­tional con­test to try to beat the Guin­ness World Record which has been held by Terry for more than 20 years.

Terry first set the record on BBC One’s Record Break­ers and his best-ever per­for­mance saw him clean three 1.143m high windows in just 9.14 se­conds. This was a 10th of a sec­ond faster than his pre­vi­ous best time set four years ear­lier and in­cluded a one-sec­ond penalty for leav­ing two wa­ter marks.

De­spite this Darren, 39, who has worked as a win­dow cleaner for 20 years, is con­fi­dent he can take Terry on.

“Terry is a leg­end in the world of win­dow clean­ing and his record has stood for over 20 years,” he said.

“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.

“I’m not giv­ing away any of my secrets but all I’ll say is ‘Bring it on Terry!’

“It would be amaz­ing to be the world record holder. I’d be proud to bring the ti­tle back to Stock­ton.”

Darren, who is mar­ried to Ju­lia, 36, said it’s the first time he has taken part in the com­pe­ti­tion. He is more than ready for the chal­lenge, he said.

“I do kick-boxing so I’ve got co-or­di­na­tion and I do run­ning so I’m quite fit as well,” he said. “At least that’s what the wife al­ways tells me any­way!”

Darren works across the North-east for fam­ily firm Dave Bo­lam Clean­ing Ser­vices. He re­cently set up his own com­pany DA Com­po­nents to sell win­dow clean­ing ac­ces­sories he has in­vented.

The world record win­dow clean­ing chal­lenge on March 14 to 16 has been or­gan­ised, and will be ad­ju­di­cated on be­half of The Guin­ness Book of Records, by the Fed­er­a­tion of Win­dow Clean­ers.

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. 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 sub­nine sec­ond time even if they try and copy his tech­nique.”

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