World puddle jumping crown up for grabs in Kettering

Puddle Jumping: Kettering: Wicksteed Park, Puddle jumping competition ''Wednesday October 26 2016 NNL-161026-180854009
Puddle Jumping: Kettering: Wicksteed Park, Puddle jumping competition ''Wednesday October 26 2016 NNL-161026-180854009

It’s hoped a new record will be set when Kettering hosts the World Puddle Jumping Championships next week.

Organisers are preparing more puddles than ever in an attempt to make this year’s event at Wicksteed Park on Wednesday, October 24, the biggest and best yet.

Puddle Jumping: Kettering: Wicksteed Park, Puddle jumping competition ''Wednesday October 26 2016 NNL-161026-181837009

Puddle Jumping: Kettering: Wicksteed Park, Puddle jumping competition ''Wednesday October 26 2016 NNL-161026-181837009

They are hoping that competitors will help set a new record for the most people jumping in puddles at the same time.

This year’s event will run from 10.30am to noon but the championship-standard puddles will be available for children to play in all day.

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

Wicksteed Park’s head of marketing Rachel James said: “The World Puddle Jumping Championships is a great way to encourage children and adults to get out into the fresh air and have fun.

“Every year we have some fantastic competitors who make some tremendous splashes but this year we wanted to give them an extra challenge, so we will be trying to create a new, unofficial world record.”

Wicksteed Park is known as the home of children’s play after being founded by Charles Wicksteed, the inventor of the modern day slide and swing, to encourage families to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle and get out into the fresh air.

The puddle jumping is one of a number of events being held at the park this autumn, including the Little Monsters Ball on Saturday, October 27.

The park’s annual fireworks extravaganza is also being held on Saturday, November 3.

All of the park’s rides and attractions are open for half-term and the Clip ‘n Climb indoor family climbing venue is being launched on November 17.