Monday, 18 May 2009


Next Monday is probably the most famous Gloucestershire event after the Gold Cup - and certainly the most insane. Yes, it's that time of year again... cheeserolling season is upon us.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this particular brand of British insanity eccentricity, I should explain.

There are two types of race at the cheeserolling:
  • uphill - for the 'serious' athlete, usually won by someone very fit, and with minimal injuries
  • downhill - for the nutters, usually won by the cheese, and with paramedics on constant standby
Both types have male, female, and childrens' events. The downhill race is the traditional cheese-roll, as in a large cheese actually is hurled down the hill, and people then run fall down after it. Somewhere back in the mists of time, they managed to pick a suitably steep hill so as to maximise the entertainment value for the spectators - and the formula works, so why change anything? It really is quite a sight to behold.

We went along to watch in 2006:

Yes, that is someone being carried off in a stretcher. The incredible thing? It wasn't a competitor - it was a spectator who was hit by falling cheese!


Heidi Ashworth said...

Oh, the English! Gotta love 'em (and I DO!)

Emmie said...

haha hilarious! I would infact like to run down the hill after a big cheese.. but I am british.. and I think it sounds kinda fun! :o)

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I bet this is funny to watch!

Chris said...

I've seen that cheeserolling on TV. I would absololutely LOVE trying it someday. Seriously though, who came up with that idea and how much had they had to drink?

Patty said...

That is just so funny. I love it! I wish we could do that here but we don't have any hills on the bay. If we did we would have to use crabs instead of cheese.

Chef E said...

Ha ha ha, I am laughing so hard...I was actually thinking of rolling down a small hill and having a friend take my photo for the transportation shoot out, but this is even better...I have never heard of this!

Christy said...

I'm about to go berate my British husband for never enlightening me about this fabulous 'sport' 'event' from his homeland!

Anonymous said...

More proof that we British are nuts!

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