(L-r): Patrick Green, chairman of Covers, Darren Dennis, winner and Horst Pegutter of Irwin.

Carpenter is fastest driller in the West

Published:  10 August, 2009

WEST SUSSEX: Customers flocked to Covers in Quarry Lane, Chichester last week to cheer on those who competed in the local heat of the Irwin Challenge which was being hosted by the merchant. 

The Irwin Challenge is a measure, mark, cut and drill task, which involves accurately drilling a tile to specific point without breaking it, in the quickest time possible.

Carpenter Darren Dennis beat over 50 other contestants by finishing the challenge in 59.22 seconds.

Mr Dennis is the co-owner of Timbtech Carpentry, and usually drives a van to work. Thanks to his win, he is now eligible to compete in the national final of the Irwin Challenge to be held in Birmingham later this year where he could win a Porsche. Mr Dennis is regular customer of Covers and has been using Irwin tools for some time.

Ben Gale, marketing co-ordinator of the merchant, said: "Everyone at Covers would like to wish Darren good luck and we hope to see him back here soon in a new Porsche."

The challenge has been going on in the US for several years. This is the first time it has been hosted in England.

The basic principles of speed and skill are the same but the prize is very different. In the US, the overall winner gets a pick-up truck.

Established in the Sussex area for more than 160 years, Covers Timber & Builders' Merchants has 13 depots in Hampshire, Sussex, and Surrey.

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