People travel from all over the globe to watch and participate in this world-famous “sporting event”, in fact back in 2013, a 27-year-old American man and a 39-year-old Japanese man each won one of the four races.
The Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Festival at Coopers Hill, Brockworth is a 200 year old annual tradition for crazy people. This wacky local tradition is held just a couple of miles down the road from where we used to live.
Have I been to this event? Absolutely!!! Have I taken part???
- The Master of Ceremonies will throw a lump of cheese down the 1 in 2 gradient hill which signifies the start of the race.
- Participants run like crazy after said cheese trying hard not to break your neck tripping over the bodies falling all around you
- Be the first to the bottom of the hill pass the finish line and claim your prize – the cheese!
The aim is to catch the cheese, but as it gathers speeds of up to 70mph, the chances are pretty slim!
There are different events to suit everyone each consisting of between 20 – 40 participants.
x3 male downhill cheese race
(3 races, because it’s that popular!)
x1 female downhill cheese race
x1 Boys under 14’s uphill race
x1 Girls under 14’s uphill race
x1 Mixed over 14’s uphill races
And the finale ..... one massive downhill chase – this one is unofficial … there is no cheese to chase, it’s purely for fun!
The trick to winning as advised by 16-time champion is when running down, lean back! It’s as simple as that ... but it’s all too easy to trip over when momentum takes hold of you!
People do injure themselves, some actually break bones such as ankles, legs etc – which unfortunately we did actually witness ourselves... all for a Cheese?
One year, however, there were no volunteers available and the event was cancelled.
So where does the cheese come from? Well, the same woman has been hand-making the cheese since 1988. Diana Smart in Churcham, Gloucestershire uses milk from her herd of Brown Swiss, Holstein and Gloucester cows and is the only person in Gloucestershire making Double Gloucester cheese using traditional methods. Of course you would – if you knew it would be going to such good use!
Personally, if I wanted cheese that badly, I would pop to the local supermarket, but each to their own!
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