Stone Skimming Championships

Posted on: 30 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Skimming is not just about chucking stones into a puddle. It's a skill, an art and a chance for you to prove yourself on the flooded field of dreams.


Stone skimmers from across the country are being urged to head up to the South Lakes on Saturday, 7th June, to see if they can scoop the top place in the All England Open Skimming Championships.

Skimming is not just about chucking stones into a puddle. It's a skill, an art and a chance for you to prove yourself on the flooded field of dreams.

Fans of the most traditional of water-side pastimes are being advised to “choose your weapons carefully” as the South Cumbria Rivers Trust invites possible contenders from across the country to come and take on the local favourites.

The event is being held at the Wateredge Inn, Ambleside in the Lake District as part of the Windermere on Water Festival and will be the first leg of the Championships with the second as part of the Coniston Water Festival during July.

To compete in the most quirky of English sports, competitors need to skim a stone across the water, using skill and dexterity to achieve the longest distance thrown – rather than the number of bounces achieved.

There are three different categories of entry; for adults, juniors (10-15) and under 10s and prizes are also on offer.

But the kudos of being England’s champion stone-skimmer is likely to be the main motivation for entry.

Breaking the World Championships record could also be on the cards - It’s currently held by Scotsman, Dougie Isaacs for a distance of 63m (189ft), set in 2007.

The stone skimmed must bounce no fewer than three times whilst stones must also stay within designated lanes, marked out with buoys.

 “We think competition will be fierce within each category of the competition so would urge skimmers of all ages to get practising hard if they wish to ascend the throne of the stone!” says Ben Lamb, spokesperson for South Cumbria Rivers Trust.

If you wish to take part or watch the stone skimming Championships, registration starts at 8.30am on the day and the first skimmer will fly at 10am.

It costs £3 to enter and all proceeds will go to the registered South Cumbria Rivers Trust charity.

Stones will be provided on the day but must be no more than three inches in diameter and formed naturally of local Cumbrian stone.

For further information, visit the Windermere on Water website at: www.wow2008.co.uk

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