Make a splash at Kettering puddle-jumping contest

The world puddle jumping championships take place at Wicksteed Park on Wednesday
The world puddle jumping championships take place at Wicksteed Park on Wednesday
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A Kettering seven-year-old is preparing to defend her world championship crown by giving it some welly.

Lucy Chapman won the inaugural World Puddle Jumping Championships last year.

And she will be at this year’s event at Wicksteed Park on Wednesday, October 29, attempting to retain her title.

Lucy still has the inaugural World Championship trophy by the side of her bed and has been practising her puddle jumping technique on the way to and from school and at weekends.

She said: “I loved competing last year and it was amazing to be allowed to jump in puddles and make a massive splash without being told off for getting dirty.

“I couldn’t believe it when they said I’d won, but it was a brilliant feeling so I’m going to try even harder to win again this year.”

The event, part of a free PlayDay, is again being held by the park to try to encourage children and adults to get out into the fresh air and have fun.

A special series of championship-standard puddles are being created at the park and competitors of all ages will be encouraged to jump in and make a splash, with the competition starting at 11am.

Judges will give scores based on things such as size of splash, height of jump, enthusiasm and the amount of mud which sticks to each competitor.

Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee said: “Many children are familiar with puddle jumping through the TV cartoon Peppa Pig but this is their chance to have a go for themselves.”