Ruby splashes her way to World Puddle Jumping crown at Kettering’s Wicksteed Park

World Puddle Jumping championships at Wicksteed Park. Pictured, Jedia and Resham Carwright and Ben Morgan NNL-151028-152322009
World Puddle Jumping championships at Wicksteed Park. Pictured, Jedia and Resham Carwright and Ben Morgan NNL-151028-152322009

A nine-year-old girl was crowned World Puddle Jumping champion at Wicksteed Park in Kettering earlier today (Wednesday).

Ruby King, from Milton Keynes, took the title after judges decided she jumped the highest and got soaked the most.

Almost 100 children from across the country took turns to jump into specially-made puddles, getting caked in mud in the process.

And title winner Ruby was delighted to win first prize.

She said: “I’ve never won a puddle jumping competition and it’s the first time I’ve entered.

“I’ve been practicing and it’s all about being confident and trying your hardest.

“I’m going to see my grandma later and she’ll be really happy too.

“I will put the trophy in my room and it will be pride of place.”

Competitor Shayden George just missed out on winning a prize, despite his enthusiastic efforts.

He said: “It was really great fun and I’ve got covered in mud.

“You have to make sure you really stamp your feet when you jump in to make a big splash.

“It’s going to take my mum ages to get these clothes clean.”

The championships were held as part of a free Playday to encourage children to get out into the fresh air and have fun.

There was also an obstacle course and straw mountain for children to take part in.

Parents were advised not to allow their children to consume fizzy drinks beforehand as it may give them an unfair advantage.

Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee says the championships were a huge success.

He said: “The kids have had a fantastic time and this is the third year we’ve held it, and it keeps growing.

“Unfortunately the weather has probably put a few parents off today but it’s still been great fun.

“The idea is to make the biggest splash and all of the children have had a whale of a time.

“The parents have loved it too.”