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Cheese rolling is an annually run series of races, in which runners! chase a seven pound double Gloucester cheese down a 300yd hill, with a gradient of 2 in 1 and in places 1 in 1. An event that is equally popular with participants and spectators.

Cheese Rolling is an ancient custom, and although this activity has only one annually run event it is extremely popular, with thousands of people flocking to witness the spectacle. Contestants come from around the world to compete.

Coopers Hill Gloucestershire, England.

The dangers of this activity cannot be over emphasised, it is dangerous. The children's race is run up hill.

To enter the cheese rolling race? You just turn up on the day, check your nerves at the top of the hill and then either run or go and join the other spectators to watch.

At the starting commands of; One to be ready! Two to be steady! Three to prepare! the cheese is released, and rolls down the hill at great speed, The command continues And FOUR to be off At this point the competitors hurl themselves down the slope after the cheese. Running, rolling, somersaulting, sprawling, while all the time trying to keep on their feet. The first person to arrive at the foot of the hill wins the cheese.

Cheese rolling is a dangerous activity, to both competitor and spectators. injuries are normally cuts, bruises and sprains, but broken bones are not uncommon.

The first person to arrive at the foot of the hill in each adult race wins the cheese, a 7-8lb. 'Double Gloucester', 2nd. - £10, 3rd. - £5 . In the Children's events, the prizes are, First - A cheese, 2nd - £5, 3rd - £5

Closely Related Activities
There is a Stilton cheese race, held annually in the village of Stilton, this is raced over a flat course along the village street, and is also an old custom.

To be a spectator? Entry to the event is free! The only charge is £5 for the car-park (which funds the event). Entry to compete in the event is free! The only charge is £5 for the car-park (which funds the event).

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