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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

The whole Wizard Walk event from beginning to end is about fundraising for Maxipotential to continue Max Bailey’s life-transforming treatment in America.

It’s also about raising as much awareness as we can about scoliosis – the cruel condition that Max is suffering from.

We thought it would be a really fun way to bring a large amount of people together to help us fundraise as much as possible.

We really need your help in getting as many wizards as possible to the event so please invite all your friends and family to join us for a whole load of wizardly mayhem!

Official GWR Attempt Title: Largest Gathering of Wizards

Alderley Edge is steeped in folklore and legend.

The National Trust now maintain The Edge, believed to be a sacred site for thousands of years where there are mysterious points of interest. King Arthur and his men are said to sleep somewhere beneath the sandstone cliffs, and the area is associated with the wizard Merlin. Allegedly a witches coven used to meet there every Halloween to perform strange rituals and dance about naked!

The Edge and the country south of it was the inspiration and setting for Alan Garner‘s novels The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath

The Wizard restaurant nestles up there with Wizards Wood close by. Then there is also Wizards Thatch hotel and The Merlin. 

In the villages around Alderley Edge they still tell the old stories of the White Wizard and the white mare:

According to the story, a farmer from Mobberley was on his way to Macclesfield market to sell a white mare. The horse was the finest of his stock, he was sure he could get a good price.

On the way to market….

As he reached Alderley Edge the horse stopped and refused to move, no matter what the farmer did. He saw an old man of noble  stature standing by the side of the road, holding a staff in his hand.

The man offered to buy the horse for a fair price.  Thinking he would get a better price at market for such a fine horse, the farmer refused.

The old man predicted that though the horse would be admired at the market, the farmer would not be able to sell it, and promised to wait for the farmer’s return.

Returning home…

Once at the bustling market it seemed as though he had been bewitched. True enough, the horse was admired, but remained unsold while other lesser horses went for a good price.

Dejected, the farmer returned home with his horse and as he passed Alderley Edge the same old man appeared. He asked if he could buy the horse and this time the farmer agreed.

Down inside the earth…

The old man touched the nearby rocks with his staff. They parted with a thunderous sound to reveal a huge cavern fronted with iron gates. Reassuring him not to be afraid, the old man led the farmer through the gates and down inside the earth.

The farmer could not believe his eyes, for inside the cavern 140 knights in silver armour lay in an enchanted sleep on the ground, and beside all but one of them was a white horse.

The last battle of the world…

The old man said that the knights would sleep on until the country was in its hour of greatest need and that he was to wake them when that moment came. The farmers horse was the last needed for the sleeping army of knights.

The lost cave…

The wizard led on to a pile of gold and jewels and told the farmer to take his fill as payment for his mare. The farmer did so and staggered out into the daylight as the rock closed with a dull thud behind him.

Since that day, no-one has found the entrance again.

The whole event is designed around little Max.

Max’s medical condition – scoliosis – makes it difficult for him to walk but he always likes to join in the fun in his own way.

He is a wheelchair user with the aid of a carer to push. He has learning difficulties that dictate what he is capable of doing alone.

A 2 mile stroll around an accessible walk route is the perfect scenario for this little wizard!

Guinness World Record Certificate of Participation

Certificate of Participation

We are fantastically excited to award certificates to schools, groups, and organisations that have a name (to award to) and register 25 or more wizards!

This is how to claim your certificate:

Complete the registration process for the walk as normal.

Collate and send us the names and registration numbers of the people who participated from your group.

Let us know the name of the school, group or organisation.

We will magic an official framed Guinness World Record Certificate of Participation to you to hang on your wall!

Not part of a group?

Any individual wizard participating can purchase their own from the Guinness World Record website. 

Once GWR have officiated the record we shall send you your official participants ID and verification code along with the web page to purchase your certificate from.

WORLD RECORD ESSENTIALS

Registration and check-in is a critical part of proving a word record attempt.

Wizard Walk will be using three methods to evidence the participation count to Guinness World Records: 

  1. Barcoded ticketing system
  2. Wristbands
  3. Checkin to a controlled area

Online purchase of a ticket for the Wizard Walk automatically registers you for the Guinness World Record attempt and provides us with the mean to manage your check in and evidence you in the count. 

You must bring your ticket with you as this is your registration ID to enable us to include you in the count upon entering the venue.

You do not need to purchase a ticket if you only want to take part in the GWR (not the rest of the Wizard Walk event). You must, however, be dressed as a wizard! ….And as you will not have an allocated ID from pre-registration you will need to obtain a numbered wristband when you arrive. 

What we ask you to do:

  • Buy a Wizard Walk ticket online
  • Bring it with you and keep it with you
  • Check-in with your ticket to receive your Wizard Pack
  • Transform into a wizard 
  • Complete the Wizard Walk to be awarded your dated wand.
  • Check-in to the control area with your ticket
  • Listen for the fog horn indicating the start and remain in the control area for 5 minutes until it blows again.
  • Give a stupendous cheer and keep your fingers crossed!

(Those not pre-registered must get a paper wristband to show our marshalls).

Guinness World Record Rules

GWR issue rules which must be followed during our attempt for a Guinness World Records title in order to qualify. Everyone involved in the record attempt, including participants, stewards and witnesses must follow their guidelines.

This is the serious bit! 

6 Rules you must abide by: 

We’ve listed the things that you, as an official participant, should be aware of to help us get it right on the day, and stand the best chance of qualifying.

The record definition we are attempting is:

The largest gathering of people dressed as wizards.

Each point below must be followed by all people attempting the record. Marshall’s will be asking you to comply with ALL these rules in order to qualify:

1. All participants must be dressed in a full wizard costume, which consists of:

  • Full length cloak
  • Pointed hat
  • Wand

2.  The attempt will take place in a restricted area with entrances and exits clearly marked and entry controlled.

3. A formal final check of our participant’s costumes should be completed as participants enter the attempt area.

4. All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of 5 minutes.

5. All participants must remain in full costume for the entirety of the attempt.
6. A loud start and finish signal recognised by all participants must be used.

If 10% of the total number of participants in the attempt area are disqualified for incorrect or incomplete costumes or if they remove their costume during the attempt, the entire attempt will be disqualified.

GWR announcement Time: 13:45pm

We will be announcing our event count for the number of Wizards we believe participated in the world record attempt.

However, this is not an official record until GWR validate the evidence we send them. We have to submit all of this evidence to them and wait nervously to find out if it will be awarded.

We will announce the result by email as soon as GWR give us the good (or bad!) news.

Just look at what they ask for!…

Evidence checklist:

  • Witness statement 1
  • Witness statement 2
  • Time keeper statement 1
  • Time keeper statement 2
  • Auditing firm statement
  • Layout of attempt area
  • Video of the entrance/exits
  • Video evidence
  • Aerial photo of the group
  • Schedule 2 (signed)
  • Schedule 3 (signed)
  • Media articles
  • Cover Letter
  • Photographic Evidence

SCHOOLS, GROUPS & ORGANISATIONS

We are fantastically excited to award certificates to schools, groups, and organisations that have a name (to award to) and register 25 or more wizards!

Guinness World Record Certificate of Participation

This is how to claim your certificate:

  1. Complete the registration process for the walk as normal.
  2. Collate and send us the names and registration numbers of the people who participated from your group.
  3. Let us know the name of the school, group or organisation.
  4. We will magic an official framed Guinness World Record Certificate of Participation to you to hang on your wall!

Any individual wizard participating can purchase their own from the Guinness World Record website. 

Once Guinness World Records have officiated the record we shall send you your official participants ID and verification code along with the web page to purchase your certificate from.