Rolling cheese down a hill, chasing it

04 Jun

Gotta love this wonderfully absurd annual English tradition

These crazy pictures show the moment hundreds battled it out to race 8lbs of cheese down a hill at high speed.

The contest, which takes place every year, sees rounded Double Gloucester being chased 200 yards down the steep in line of Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth.


After a year’s hiatus – when police warned against the use of a real cheese – the imitation lightweight foam cheese has been binned in favour of the genuine article.

Long-time cheese-maker Diana Smart, 87, who has produced cheese for the event for more than 25 years, has once again provided the wheels for this year’s event.

In total, four cheeses weighing about three kilograms each and three smaller ones, weighing about one-and-a-half kilograms, are used.

The unusual event has been celebrated for centuries and is thought to have its roots in a heathen festival to celebrate the return of spring.

The official event was cancelled after more than 15,000 people turned up as spectators to watch the 2009 competition.

Since then it has been held unofficially with the police keeping a watchful eye.

Gloucestershire County Council closed roads up to two-and-a-half miles around the slope.


Thousands of people lined the course to watch the event, which has a following around the world.


Some competitors had travelled from Spain, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands to take part in the series of madcap races.

Here are some pictures and a video of the recent event.

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Posted by on June 4, 2014 in culture, on the lighter side


2 responses to “Rolling cheese down a hill, chasing it

  1. Will S.

    June 4, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog.


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