Puddle Jumping Championships

The World Puddle Jumping Championships are being held today at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.

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Making a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships

World Puddle Jumping Championships.
A young girl making a splash at the World Puddle Jumping Championships.

Competitors are making a splash at the inaugural World Puddle Jumping Championships, being held at Wicksteed Park, today.

The event which kicked off this morning is part of the park's drive to encourage children - and adults - to get out into the fresh air and have fun.

A special series of championship-standard puddles have been created at the park, and competitors in age groups ranging from toddlers to young at heart pensioners will be encouraged to jump in and make a splash.

Pink wellies make an appearance at the World Puddle Jumping Championships.
Pink wellies make an appearance at the World Puddle Jumping Championships.

Judges will give scores based on things such as height of jump, enthusiasm, distance of splash and stickability (the amount of mud which clings to each competitor).

The event follows on from the park's participation in national Playday in August, when more than 1,000 people took their teddy bears to the park and came close to breaking the world record for a teddy bear chain.

Wicksteed Park is currently undergoing a £2million lake restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to further encourage people to enjoy its 147 acres of countryside.

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World Puddle Championships get underway

The World Puddle Jumping Championships are being held today at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.
The World Puddle Jumping Championships are being held today at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It seems all the rain we've had this week has come at just the right time.

The World Puddle Jumping Championships are being held today at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.

Competitors are scored on everything from how high they can jump and how much of a splash they can make - the bigger the better.