Slideshow: Puddle jumping at Wicksteed Park

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Kettering has another world champion – in puddle jumping!

Nine-year-old Charlie Sleight took the title of World’s Best Puddle Jumper at Wicksteed Park’s second annual championships on Wednesday.

Puddle Jumping: Kettering:  World Puddle Jumping Competition held at Wicksteed Park, 'l-r runner-up Kacie Milne, 8, from Kettering, 3rd place James Lingwood, 4, from Burton Latimer and Winner Charlie Sleight, 9, from Kettering'Wednesday 29th October 2014 NNL-141029-145612009

Puddle Jumping: Kettering: World Puddle Jumping Competition held at Wicksteed Park, 'l-r runner-up Kacie Milne, 8, from Kettering, 3rd place James Lingwood, 4, from Burton Latimer and Winner Charlie Sleight, 9, from Kettering'Wednesday 29th October 2014 NNL-141029-145612009

The event, part of a free PlayDay, was 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 were created at the park and competitors of all ages were encouraged to jump in and make a splash.

Judges gave 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 was their chance to have a go for themselves.”