Cheese Rolling



Copper's Hill, England, United KingdomUnited KingdomThe Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill, (grid reference SO892146) near Gloucester in England.[1] It is traditionally done by and for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, but now people from all over the world take part. The Guardian called it a "world-famous event", and indeed, in 2013, a 27-year-old American and a 39-year-old Japanese each won one of the four races.[2] The event takes its name from the hill on which it occurs. From the top of the hill a 9 lb round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled, and competitors start racing down the hill after it.[4] The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. In theory, competitors are aiming to catch the cheese; however, it has around a one-second head start and can reach speeds up to 70 mph (112 km/h),[4] enough to knock over and injure a spectator. In the 2013 competition, a foam replica replaced the actual cheese for reasons of safety.[2] The winner was given the prize after the competition. "The Cheese Rollers" pub in the nearby village of Shurdington, about 3 miles from Cooper's Hill, takes its name from the event. The nearest pubs to the event are The Cross Hands and The Victoria, both of which are in Brockworth, which competitors frequent for some pre-event Dutch courage or discussion of tactics, and after the event for convalescence.30/05/2016MayOfficialWebsiteSource on Description