The annual cheese-rolling event, now unofficial and unsanctioned, has taken place
at Cooper's Hill. 3,000 people attended this year, watching several races down the steep Gloucestershire hill. After a police warning
to the 86 year old maker of previous cheeses concerning legal liabilities, a foam disc was used as a stand-in cheese. Despite failing to raise funding
for a inspirational documentary, Kenny Rackers, an American cheese racer
, attended and won the first race.
Events, of varying kinds, have been held at this time of year on the hill for over two centuries. Cheese-rolling has gradually emerged as the predominant event, with competitors running down the 1 in 2 gradient after a circular 8 pound cheese (Double Gloucester variety).
Can You Give It
has an interview with a past competitor and various racing and event footage.
In recent years, controversy has marred the cheese rolling. After 15,000 people attended in 2009
, the official cheese-rolling committee attempted to limit numbers and comply with various legal requirements by charging a hefty admittance fee. This led to antagonism and the event being cancelled. Annually since, the event has been held unofficially, organised by local cheese-rolling guerrillas. Large crowds still attend. Pictures from 2010
The 2013 winners
: Kenny Rackers won the opening men's race, while Australian traveller Caleb Stalder claimed the second. Local Ryan Fairley, 23, from Brockworth, won the third men's race, while the fourth was won by Tomoaki Tanaka, 39, from Japan, who dressed as a ninja to race down the hill. Student Lucy Townsend, 16, from Brockworth, won the women's race for the second consecutive year. Proudly showing off a graze to her stomach, she added: "I didn't hurt myself last year. "It is sore. I'm going to have to come back every year."
Videos of this year's cheese rolling:
- cartwheels and cheese capture
- a suspected broken ankle
- ninja chasing and yeah that ankle was busted
- look at the American Cheese Racer run
- capture the cheese, drop the cheese
, capture the cheese again
- spectators gather and the police helicopter monitors
Also in The Telegraph
, Belfast Telegraph
, The Mirror
, Windsor Star (good gallery)
and Sky News