The crazy Cooper’s Hill downhill cheese rolling in Gloucester, England

March 9, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Funny


The rules of the race are quite simple. From the top of a hill a round Gloucester cheese is rolled and participants race down the hill to try to catch it. Winner of the race, and the cheese, is the first person to cross the finish line at the bottom of the hill.  Although the goal is to actually catch the cheese on its descend, it’s not really possible as the cheese gets a 1 second head start and can reach speeds up to 70 mph (112 km/h).

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The annual event, taking place on Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill near Gloucester in England, has been the center of much controversy. Due to the steepness of the hill, many participants are injured during downhill race. In 2011 the event took place without overall management due to safety concerns over the large amount of people visiting. A fee of £20 was introduced to try to limit the number of spectators, causing fury and making the race unofficial that year. Some years police have also tried to ban the race, but without much success. (Pictures and source:

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