2007

2007 Video Clips

The 2007 Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill Gloucester was held on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. 
The program of events commenced promptly at 12:00 Noon

A view from the top of Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire, where the famous Cheese-Rolling takes place. This picture is taken from the start point of the race, and the finish is visible below. The actual running surface of the hill is concave, and hence cannot be seen from this point. The incline is 1 in 1 in places!

A view from the top of Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire, where the famous Cheese-Rolling takes place.
This picture is taken from the start point of the race, and the finish is visible below. The actual running surface of the hill is concave, and hence cannot be seen from this point. The incline is 1 in 1 in places!

Spectators gather at the edge of the top of the Hill
Spectators gather at the edge of the top of the Hill - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
RACE RESULTS 28th MAY 2007 EVENTS
Please check back regularly as information is being added all the time.

DOWNHILL RACES

RACE 1 12:00 Prize Cheese Rolled By: Mike Collins. Newly elected Liberal Councillor
'ONE to be ready!' - 'Two to be steady!' - 'Three to prepare!' ..... - Picture sent in by Keri Owen


....    'and FOUR to be off!'  - Picture sent in by Keri Owen


Where's the Cheese - Picture sent in by Keri Owen


Within reach - Picture sent in by Keri Owen


The Cheese is within reach! - I can almost touch it! - Picture sent in by Keri Owen


Missed it! - So near and yet so far! - Picture sent in by Keri Owen
Picture series by Keri Owen

 

1st.

The Cheese

Jason Crowther - Landshipping, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Jason Crowther - Pembrokeshire - Winner of the first race, for the third year running

Winner of the first race, for the third year running

 

First in the first race in 2006

Jason Crowther was also first in race one in 2006

 

First in the first race in 2005

 

  2nd. £10.00 Chris Anderson - Brockworth
Video- Cheese Rolling 2007 first Race 3rd. £5.00 Dominic Davidson - New Zealand

 

RACE 2 12:20 Prize Cheese Rolled By: Rev'd David Gill
Race 2 and they're off! - Rob Martin 1st.

The Cheese

Aaron Walden (Right) - Brockworth
Aaron Walden (Right) - Brockworth

(Thanks go to Tony Walden for the name correction!)
Second race 2nd. £10.00 Wayne Stevens - Brockworth
Descending the Hill - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk) 3rd. £5.00 James Earley -Sheepscombe,  Brockworth

 

RACE 3
(LADIES RACE)
12:40 Prize Cheese Rolled By: Mrs Patricia Bernie
The start of the Ladies Race - Rob Martin - Notice the tree in the background?

What a view! - But look at the branches blowing in the strong wind - Intrepid ? or just crazy? - Rob Martin

Third race - the Ladies Race

The catchers at the foot of the hill to stop the runaway competitors - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
1st.

The Cheese

Jemima Bullock - New Zealand
Jemima Bullock - New Zealand
2nd. £10.00 Rachael Forshaw - New Zealand
  3rd. £5.00 Aimee Vella - Australia

 

RACE 4 13:00 Prize Cheese Rolled By: Ms Jayne Bolwell
Quick! Somebody catch the cheese! - Picture sent in by Kerry Owen 1st.

The Cheese

Alan Morris - Cheltenham
Fourth race

Video & Report from Japan Probe

2nd. £10.00 Daisuke Miyagawa - Japan (Japanese comedian) - Trained by Jason Crowther.
Daisuke Miyagawa - Japan (Japanese comedian) 
  3rd. £5.00 Ben Black - Australia

Introduced in 2006, due to enormous demand and due to the increase in competitor numbers, this year we will again an additional race - Race 5! 

RACE 5 13:20 Prize Cheese Rolled By: Mr Frederick Hicks-Beach

What an amazing lead Chris has on the rest of field!

1st.

The Cheese

Chris Anderson - Brockworth
Chris Anderson - Brockworth
(Was first in Race 2 in 2005)
  2nd. £10.00 Andrew Clayton - New Zealand
Video- Cheese Rolling 2007 fifth race 3rd. £5.00 Brian Harris - Australia

Watch Video highlights of the 2007 event courtesy of HUTC.TV - (Select the Cheese-Rolling Video Link)

What an amazing day!

Together with my family I attended the cheese-rolling races on Monday. It was our first time and what an amazing day it turned out to be. It was fantastic.
We are shortly moving to Gloucester and in a moment of pure stupidity decided that it was only proper for me to participate in local events so decided to enter. I managed to get a place in the fifth race. The race was just a blur (literally). I lived to tell the tale but still have some bumps and bruises to prove my participation.
Monday happened to be my 49th birthday. It was a very special (and different) way of celebrating!! Looking at your web site it seems that I may have a claim on being the oldest recorded competitor!!
(Anyone else want to claim oldest?)
My thanks to all involved in a quite brilliant event. See you next year!!

David

Great fun despite the weather!

This year's event was the first I'd attended although I live only 20 miles away.
Great fun - despite the poor weather.
Sorry to hear about the rouge car-park fiasco.

Simon

Would all the competitors from New Zealand please note:
Rosemary and Bob Henderson visited the UK event this year, Rosemary, who is the Chairperson for the Whitestone Cheese Rolling in Waikaka, Southland, New Zealand would like to get in touch with you with a view to inviting you to compete in the Whitestone Cheese Rolling in New Zealand.
Please email Jean Jefferies for further information, or see: 

 www.cheeserolling.org.nz

Jean Jefferies, author and illustrator of: 
Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire - The Paperback
Jean Jefferies (and Melissa), Jean is the Author and Illustrator of the paperback book "Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire, chronicling the event from ancient history to the present day. - Amanda Groves
Personally signed and dedicated copies are available at the event & interviews may be arranged..

Visit Ribena Country for even more pictures and video footage of the big day

Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill - Ribena Country May 2007

Ribena Calendar May 2007

Please note all times are approximate and depend on circumstances on the day
UP-HILL RACES (These are run between the downhill races)

Boys under 12 yrs 12:10 Prize  
1st. Cheese Nick Morris - Coopers Hill (He came 3rd in 2006)
  2nd. £5.00 William Winder
Cameron Lonie came 3rd in the boys uphill race 3rd. £5.00 Cameron Lonie

 

Girls under 12 yrs 12:30 Prize  
It's a lot harder going up! - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk) 1st. Cheese Jasmine Hart - Cheltenham
  2nd. £5.00 Emma Winder
  3rd. £5.00 Emma Jenkins

 

Mens Open Race 12:50 Prize Video- Cheese Rolling 2007 uphill race
Are they really running up the hill? - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk) 1st. Cheese Julian Gray - New Zealand (He also won in 2006)
Determined to get to the top first - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk) 2nd. £10.00 Simon Smith - Dursley
Hands help too in the massive struggle - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk) 3rd. £5.00 Rob Hoy - New Zealand

 

Ladies Open Race 13:10 Prize  
  1st. Cheese Annabel Roberts - Shropshire
  2nd. £10.00 Angela Proctor
  3rd. £5.00 Emma Henshaw - Cheltenham

Watch Video highlights of the 2007 event on YouTube, courtesy of SoGlos.com

Your Video Clips.
After the main events were all completed and the cheeses won, there was still a passion by many fans to challenge the hill. 
Countless "fun runs" down the hill were made after the official event, many "competitors" were seen returning back to the top to run again and again.
The following clip which was sent in by Chris Green, shows a novel approach, but maybe not the best idea?
A novel descent of the hill, but not recommended! (Opens in M.S. Media Player window)

Please send your special Video Clips of the day to: The Webmaster Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill, wherever possible these will be included on the site.

Your Photographs.
Please send your special pictures of the day to: The Webmaster Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill, wherever possible these will be included on the site.
What are your memories of the day? We would welcome your comments and opinions too!

There were 2 items of lost property handed in, but not claimed:

  • a camera case

  • a HSB debit card

For information regarding these items, please email Jean Jefferies

Photos by Jean Jefferies - ©Jean Jefferies
NB: More pictures and are being added daily, please check back for new additions to the site.
Pictures (In High Resolution) are available to purchase from £40.00 each.

The 2007 Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill

GUEST ROLLERS
Our thanks to the guests invited to roll cheeses for the down-hill races who were:

RACE 1  Mike Collins. Newly elected Liberal Councillor
RACE 2  Rev'd David Gill - Local Minister
RACE 3 (Ladies' Race) Mrs Patricia Bernie - Local resident
RACE 4 Ms Jayne Bolwell - Manager in charge Brockworth Leisure Centre
RACE 5 Mr Frederick Hicks-Beach - Witcombe Estate

Spring 2007 had been warm and dry with mean temperatures have been above normal. As of last Thursday conditions on the hill and in the official car park were "good and firm". Sunday brought a change to colder conditions (8 degrees Celsius) and the start of 24 hours of continuous rain.

 Sunday morning and the top of Cooper's Hill is shrouded in low cloud

By the Monday morning the ground on the hill had softened considerably. The weather brightened during the morning and conditions improved as the ground dried out a little in the brisk northerly breeze.

Spectators were estimated at 3000, a little less than previous years, no doubt the weather forecasts of heavy rain and low temperatures will have made some reconsider attending this year.

The spectator fencing has this year been moved in a little, away from the trees and this has resulted in better viewing conditions for the public on the sides of the hill.
Spectators arriving early were assured the best viewpoints, the fences repositioned this year provided more spectator space - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
Great care is always needed when finding a good spot on the Hill.
Great care is always needed when finding a good spot on the Hill. - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
Time, before the races to meet friends and socialise.
Time, before the races to meet friends and socialise. - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)
.... and have some nice cold iced lollies?
Iced Lollies? anyone would think its Summer! - Amanda Groves

Local runners achieved 6 placings in the days events, New Zealand featured strongly with 4 placings, Australia managed 3. Jason Crowther from Pembroke won the cheese in the first race, in fact he has won the first cheese three years in succession and Daisuke Daisuke Miyagawa - (a comedian) from Japan, who Jason has been reported to have been training,  was elated to finish 2nd in the fourth race.

The catchers, all volunteers are kept busy all afternoon with both the official races and the fun runs, they are there to ensure a "safe landing" for the runners most of whom need help in stopping.

No significant injuries were reported during the official races, although there were many tumblers and fallers, the lack of injury was due much in part to the soft conditions on the hill, there were of course a few bumps, bruises and grazes.

There was mud, but it was good mud, our mud!
There was mud, but it was good mud, our mud! - Photo by Barry Griffin (Free-Events.co.uk)

The main casualty was the muddy clothing, no-one came down clean!

Josh and Melissa however were clean to the end, how do they do it? 

Josh and Melissa however were clean to the end, how do they do it? 

The festivities concluded with many impromptu downhill "races", no prizes, but just for the glory of having run down the infamous hill. Some people were so elated by the experience, they were seen returning again to the top of the hill for another run. Among these runners, there were a few who proved to be both fast and skilful, maybe they will be back next year to compete in the main races for the cheese. Some minor injuries were received during these runs, no doubt due in part to the lack of experience of the "runners".

One runner caused concern to the spectators for a while after falling at the finish line:
Members of St John Ambulance Brigade attend a winded runner at the finish line.
St John Ambulance Brigade were present in force and were quickly at his side, however after a short period of recovery, he was able to get up and walk away, slowly!

St John Ambulance play a major part in ensuring the safety of the event, providing treatment when needed to the competitors. 
St John Ambulance Brigade were present in force, with a score of Members, three ambulances and a first aid tent.
In addition to providing assistance to the runners, they also provide medical care treatment and assistance to the thousands of spectators, three fully equipped ambulances were on hand and the staff are trained and able to treat anything thing from simple scratches and bruises to broken limbs and heart attacks.

Information about St John Ambulance Brigade event first aid cover

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For S.A.R.A.I.D. this was perhaps a one of their easier years, after climbing to strategic positions on the Hill they were able, for the most part, to watch the events unfold. 

They undoubtedly get the best view and first The Cheese and then the runners thunder by. The Double Gloucester cheese is estimated to reach 70 miles per hour, taking approximately 12 seconds from top to bottom!

Members of S.A.R.A.I.D. their contribution is absolutly essential to the event.

We should not forget however, that without S.A.R.A.I.D. the event could not be run, as their task in the event of an injury on the Hill, is to recover the casualty to the foot of the Hill where St John Ambulance members would be waiting to treat the injuries.

Information about S.A.R.A.I.D - Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters.

S.A.R.A.I.D is a British charity dedicated to trying to save the lives of innocent victims of disaster as well as relieving human suffering around the world regardless of colour, creed, religion and political persuasion. Staffed entirely by volunteers and funded solely by public donations, S.A.R.A.I.D is on call 365 days a year, always ready to provide trained Search and Rescue personnel, free of charge to any country in need of assistance. 

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. It is therefore essential that the S.A.R.A.I.D. team is well trained, well equipped and able to deploy quickly to the site of any disaster around the world. By limiting the size of the Rescue team, S.A.R.A.I.D. can move swiftly to the scene of the disaster and provide a comprehensive and effective service to those in need. S.A.R.A.I.D. numbers can then be bolstered by utilising local resources, knowledge and man power to maximise our effectiveness on scene.

 For more information about S.A.R.A.I.D.
please tour the S.A.R.A.I.D. web site.

Our thanks also go to our security company ‘Jedi’ who provided the marshals again this year.

There were fewer costumes in evidence this year, but the bunny was easy to spot!
There were fewer costumes in evidence this year, but the bunny was easy to spot!

Anyone for Cheese?
Anyone for Cheese? - Picture sent in by Keri Owen

And after the event, where are the competitors to be found?

Jason Crowther celebrating in "The Cheese rollers" after the event - Amanda Groves Celebrations in "The Cheese rollers" after the event - Amanda Groves
Where else but the "Cheese Rollers" of course.

Rob Seex Presided as Master of Ceremonies again this year.

Rob Seex Presided as Master of Ceremonies again this year.

The Present Master of Ceremonies Rob Seex – dairy farmer of Upton-St-Leonards.


Mrs. Diana Smart of Churcham, provided the Five Double Gloucester Cheeses.

Since 1988, the cheeses have been hand-made by Mrs. Diana Smart of Churcham, using milk from her herd of Brown Swiss, Holstein and Gloucester cows.  
Since 1988, the cheeses have been hand-made by Mrs. Diana Smart of Churcham - She is the only person in Gloucestershire now making Double Gloucester cheeses by hand, using traditional methods.
She is the only person in Gloucestershire now making Double Gloucester cheeses by hand, using traditional methods.

The Double Gloucester Cheese Explained - The Single Gloucester Cheese too!

Special Visitors!
A special welcome was extended to Rosemary and Bob Henderson who visited the event in at Cooper's Hill this year, Rosemary is the Chairperson for the Whitestone Cheese Rolling in Waikaka, Southland, New Zealand.
www.cheeserolling.org.nz
Rosemary and Bob were inspired to create the Whitestone Cheese Rolling in Waikaka, New Zealand after seeing the Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill, some three years ago!

Sunday - The day of Preparation of the hill for the event.

The day before the event, Sunday was not a day of rest for the hard working volunteers, the unsung heroes of the Cheese Rolling, whose work is essential to the safe running of the event.

Sunday morning and the rain has started, temperature has fallen to 8 degrees Celsius!
The top of Cooper's Hill is shrouded in low cloud, the construction teams work on, the work has to be done, the hill has to be ready for Midday Monday!

The top of Cooper's Hill is shrouded in low cloud

Temporary safety fencing arrives and is quickly erected from top to bottom of the hill on both sides of the course.
Much is to be done including clearing stones and scrub from the face of the hill.

Richard Jefferies supervises the preparations It is hard work carrying the fencing to the top of the hill Two Japanese videographers, a long way from home survey the hill for filming
Scrub and stones must be cleared from the slope by hand So much fence to errect and so little time! The hill looms, menacing and broody as viewed from the bottom
The slope of the hill is mostly 1 in 2, at the extreme left of this picture it is 1 in 1 ! The Media & Press compound have yet to be built at the foot of the hill "Gates" are constructed in the fencing to control the flow of spectators across the slope
Awaiting the arrival of materials Huge straw bales arrive for the Media & Press compound Tractors are neccessary to manover the bales into place
Richard Jefferies oversees the construction Now safety netting is added as additional protection The compound is completed, a chance for a photo, but for these young enthusiasts that will not be a good place to be at 12:00 noon tomorrow!

Huge bales of straw arrive for the construction of the Media & Press Compound. The Media & Press Compound gives a superb view of the hill, protected from the cheese and runners by the strong bale wall! The commentary box (Trailer) is ready.
With the arrival of Sunday evening, preparations are completed, the hill is transformed, all is now ready for the great day!

 
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