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
RESULTS 28th MAY 2007 EVENTS
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||Cheese Rolled By: Mike Collins.
Newly elected Liberal Councillor
Picture series by Keri Owen
Jason Crowther - Landshipping, Pembrokeshire, South
Winner of the first
race, for the third year running
First in the first race in 2006
First in the first race in 2005
||Chris Anderson - Brockworth
|Video- Cheese Rolling 2007 first Race
||Dominic Davidson - New Zealand
||Cheese Rolled By: Ms Jayne Bolwell
|Alan Morris - Cheltenham
& Report from Japan Probe
Daisuke Miyagawa - Japan (Japanese comedian)
||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!
||Cheese Rolled By: Mr Frederick
Chris Anderson - Brockworth
(Was first in Race 2 in 2005)
||Andrew Clayton - New Zealand
|Video- Cheese Rolling 2007 fifth race
||Brian Harris - Australia
highlights of the 2007 event courtesy of HUTC.TV - (Select the Cheese-Rolling
|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!!
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.
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
Please email Jean Jefferies
for further information, or see:
Jefferies, author and illustrator of:
Rolling in Gloucestershire - The Paperback
Personally signed and dedicated copies are available at the event &
interviews may be arranged..
Ribena Country for even more pictures and video footage of the big day
Ribena Calendar May 2007
all times are approximate and depend on circumstances on the day
UP-HILL RACES (These are run between the downhill races)
||Nick Morris - Coopers Hill (He came
3rd in 2006)
||Jasmine Hart - Cheltenham
||Video- Cheese Rolling 2007 uphill race
||Julian Gray - New Zealand
(He also won in 2006)
||Simon Smith - Dursley
||Rob Hoy - New Zealand
||Annabel Roberts - Shropshire
||Emma Henshaw - Cheltenham
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?
descent of the hill, but not recommended! (Opens in M.S. Media Player
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.
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
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
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
Our thanks to the guests invited to roll
cheeses for the down-hill races who were:
||Mike Collins. Newly elected Liberal
||Rev'd David Gill - Local Minister
|RACE 3 (Ladies' Race)
||Mrs Patricia Bernie - Local resident
||Ms Jayne Bolwell - Manager in charge
Brockworth Leisure Centre
||Mr Frederick Hicks-Beach - Witcombe
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great care is always needed when finding a good spot on the Hill.
Time, before the races to meet friends and socialise.
.... and have some nice cold iced lollies?
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.
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!
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?
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
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,
St John Ambulance play a major part in
ensuring the safety of the event, providing treatment when needed to the competitors.
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
Information about St John Ambulance Brigade event
first aid cover
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When large crowds gather for public events there needs to be first aid cover
to ensure peoples safety and well-being. Our volunteers are trained in advanced
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In the event of an accident or illness occurring, our volunteers' skills are
vital in preventing further harm and saving lives. They provide essential
support until the emergency services arrive.
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!
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.
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!
Anyone for Cheese?
And after the event, where are the
competitors to be found?
Where else but the "Cheese Rollers" of course.
Rob Seex Presided as Master of
Ceremonies again this year.
Present Master of Ceremonies Rob Seex – dairy farmer of Upton-St-Leonards.
Mrs. Diana Smart of Churcham,
provided the Five Double Gloucester Cheeses.
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.
She is the only person in Gloucestershire now
making Double Gloucester cheeses by hand, using traditional methods.
Double Gloucester Cheese Explained - The Single Gloucester Cheese too!
A special welcome was
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
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!
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
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!