Chasing the cheese

An estimated 3,000 people, some coming from the USA, gathered in Gloucestershire for the traditional cheese-rolling races on Cooper’s Hill. The unofficial event took place despite warnings from police that organisers could be liable for legal action in the event of an incident.

The tradition, which takes place near Brockworth, Gloucester, dates back to at least the early 19th Century. This year, however, organisers replaced the traditional real cheese with a lightweight foam version in order to make the race a bit safer.

The winner of the first race was Kenny Rackers, a 27 year-old estate agent from Colorado Springs in the US who came over especially for the event, a journey of some 4,000 miles.

The second race was won by Australian traveller Caleb Stalder, who is currently living in London.

The women’s race and third men’s race were won by competitors from Brockworth with the fourth race won by a man from Japan who dressed as a ninja. What esle, I suppose.

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