Melanie leaps to success at puddle jumping contest in Kettering

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Practice made perfect for the winner of this year’s World Puddle Jumping Championships.

The annual competition takes place during the October half-term at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.

And this year’s winner came out on top after learning from lasty year’s attempts.

Melanie Mills, eight, from Kettering, said: “I tried to jump the highest I could and get as muddy as possible but I can’t believe I have won.

“I took part last year too and have been practicing since then.”

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

But the majority of marks will be given for the size of a competitor’s splash.

Pictures by Alison Bagley.