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Cheese-Rolling At Cooper's Hill In Gloucestershire.

Next Event Monday 29th May 2017

Chris Anderson, currently serving with 1 Rifles, (Seen here with his son Ryley).
Chris added a further two race wins this year bringing his total to 15 cheeses won over 11 years.
Ryley has just raised around £330 for Help For Heroes at a motocross event in Brookthorpe GLOS. 

We would welcome your comments and pictures of the Cheese-Rolling for publication on the site.
If you won or were placed in the races, please let us have your details.

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Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill 2016

Chris Anderson once again was on hand to demonstrate his amazing ability to run down this formidable hill.

In 2016 Chris won cheeses in Race 1 and Race 2, bringing his total to 17 in 12 Years.

All time record holder is Stephen Gyde with a total of 20 cheeses over a period of 14 years.  

Chris only needs another three cheeses to equal Stephen's record, so there is the potential for Chris to become the all-time record holder both in terms of the number of cheeses and the number of years to attain the record.

Chris Anderson from Brockworth Winner of Two Races in the 2010 Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill.

In 2011 he won all three races despite a spectacular fall in Race One.
Chris recovered from his tumble to win the further two adult men races and walk away with three Double Gloucester cheeses. (He says he doesn't like cheese, he runs for the love of the event!).

2012 Brought Chris another two cheeses for winning races one & two

In 2013 Chris was unable to take part due to army commitments abroad.

In 2015 Chris won cheeses in Race 1 and Race 4, bringing his total to 15 in 11 Years.

In 2016 Chris won cheeses in Race 1 and Race 2, bringing his total to 17 in 12 Years.

All time record holder is Stephen Gyde with a total of 20 cheeses over a period of 14 years.  

More to follow on the 2016 event in due course

Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill 2015

Last Event - Monday 25th May 2015 at 12:00 Were You There?

We would welcome your images and comments on the 2015 event for publication on the web site;
Are you planning to take part this year?
What is your motivation?
If so, did you win?
Please let us have your names for entry into the records of the event.
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The Double Gloucester Cheese, Dressed for the Cheese-Rolling

On Sunday evening the hill is peaceful, the hill already prepared for Monday's event.

Fences have been carefully removed and set aside.

Undergrowth on the hill has been cut and flattened.

The hill is scanned for stones and other dangerous objects which have been removed.

It has been hard work, but now the hill is ready for the 2015 Cheese-Rolling.

Monday dawned cloudy but reasonably warm, by the 12:00 it was still cloudy but warmer.
The conditions on the day were ideal, neither too hot or too cold, and no rain!
(The rain showers of the previous few days provided ideal ground conditions for the event, softening the surface a little, but there was little of the muddy conditions which some previous years had suffered.)

Picture Courtesy of Adam Wood

In 2015 the Cheese-Rolling At Cooper's Hill Took Place On The Late May Bank Holiday (Monday 25th May 2015) 
Commencing as usual at 12:00 Midday.
Eventual crowd figures were estimated at 4000.

Spectators and Competitors on their way to the event will have seen the signs from Gloucestershire County Council (the landowner)  warning of the dangers of the event and suggesting that they should not to attend the event.

 The notice states that the event is unmanaged, this is actually incorrect.
There is a lot of background work, by many volunteers and enthusiasts, working in a coordinated manner, to ensure as far as is practicable, the safety of the event. Hours are spent in the days leading up to the event, clearing the hill of obstructions, stones and general debris, erecting spectator control orange fencing and clearing the surface of the hill of overgrown vegetation.

RT Ruptly Streaming Video of the Whole Day

SoGlos Video of the 2015 Cheese-Rolling

"Now I Get It" Video Compilation

...and now, finally released for general viewing, the 2013 Documentary film by French Film Maker Gaspard Renault.

The 2014 Entry for the London City Film Festival.
"Nom D'Un Fromage"
Cheese- Rolling at Cooper's Hill.

  Just after 11:00 and Chris Anderson sits calmly and watches the crowds arriving.
(He knows this hill so very well and many seek his advice before the event.)

Meanwhile just behind him on the plateau, tactics are discussed between prospective competitors.

Looking down, we see the spectators are arriving, it's been a long walk for many from the nearest car parking,
but with the roads closed, safety has been assured for the pedestrians.
The whole area was made a traffic-free zone for the safety of the pedestrians, but most chose to walk the small cross-country footpaths, rather than taking the rather longer walk via the roads (though for some, the road route may well have been quicker as at least one of the footpaths became so congested, walkers made very slow progress.

... and YES, for the benefit for those who have not stood here on the hill, it really is this steep!

Picture Courtesy of Adam Wood

Chris, ever with an eye for safety, constantly paces the hill & clears debris.

The spectators are still arriving, filling the hill!

Only 7 minutes to go to the start.

Early arrivals have the best places

The Catchers from the Brockworth Rugby Club are ready
Photographers are well behind them in relative safety!

There's a good view also from the lower fields behind the houses at the foot of the hill.
(There's no crush there, but from there they can't see the finish line though.)

Midday approaches, excitement and anticipation is growing

The runners gather at the top of the hill

Chris Anderson quietly contemplates his first official race since 2012, whilst MC Jem Wakeman ensures all is in order for the start of the race.

He's ready to go...

A loud cheer from the crowd to welcome the first event of 2015

There're Off!

Race one is under way right on time at 12:00

The Cheese is way ahead, and these two competitors are well ahead of the field...

Chris Anderson (far right) takes the cheese for the first race.

The field follows...

The last few arrive.

Race one brings the first injury...

Meanwhile Chris shows off his prize to the press.

He is helped down by friends, then treated for a suspected sprained ankle by the event volunteer medics.

He is soon joined by another competitor with a sprained ankle

There's also a good view from the lower fields behind the houses at the foot of the hill, they can't see the finish line from there, but they can see the start and the tumblers further up the hill.

Results for the Men's Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 1
Cheese Roller
1st Chris Anderson Brockworth, GLOS UK
2nd Jamie Evans Brockworth, GLOS UK

Entertainment from a aerobatic display pilot flying a high performance, 5-year old piston engine bi-plane...

Christen Eagle II (G-KLAW) entertained the crowd for a few minutes...

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

The pilot ensured everyone at the event had a good view by flying over several different parts of the site.

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

(It was good to see the noisy Police Helicopter stayed away this year!)

And so on to Race 2


Lucy Townsend (Equal Women's Champion) (lower center) is the honorary roller for race 2...

The MC Jem Wakeman ensures everyone is ready before the start...

They're off and very fast...

Tumbling down the hill...

The winner (Ryan Fairley) crosses the line. 

Results for the Men's Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 2
Cheese Roller Lucy Townsend (Brockworth, GLOS)
1st Ryan Fairley Brockworth, GLOS UK

Eventually the rest arrive.

Now for the Boys under 14's uphill race.

They gather at the foot of the hill...

Soon there's few out in front and a leader in the brown shirt...

Could this be Kasper Wickens-Shaw (Last year's winner)?


Still going strong...

Only one other anywhere near...

Increasing his lead all the time...

He wins (Extreme left of the image) and receives his mini cheese from MC Jem Wakeman.

A better view as he is supported as he leaves off the top of the hill with his mini Double Gloucester cheese in hand.

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

Was it Caspar who won this event last year?

This is Kasper Wickens-Shaw 12 from Foston's Ash.

Further back Chris and Ryley follow up the field...

To the amusement of the crowd Ryley gets a helping hand...

He looks really keen!

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

Off he goes...

Chris notices another lad in need of encouragement... 

... and gives him a much needed helping hand...

Finally the last few arrive.

Results for the Boys 14 and under Combined
1st Casper Wickenshaw? (13) Foston's Ash Birdlip, GLOS, UK
Results for the Girls 14 and under Combined Uphill Race
1st Kacie Anderson (13)
Chris Anderson's Niece
Brockworth (GLOS)

Then of course it's back to the start.

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

Ryley leads Chris back down...

So now to the ladies race...

The competitors carefully take their places...

The line-up...

Clear space in front...

They're off!

The Cheese is well ahead and running true

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

More tumbling than running

Going well!


The winner has already passed the line of catchers...
(She's on the floor right of center.)

The Winner Keavy Morgan

Results for the Women's Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 3
Cheese Roller
1st Keavy Morgan Brockworth (Glos)
2nd Lucy Townsend

Next its the Mixed Open Uphill Cheese Race (Over 14's)

The line-up is ready...

The catcher would do well to get out of the way...

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

...and they're off!

...the pack is tight...

Straining every muscle...

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

Determination drives them

The going gets harder...

the hill is steep...

The winner arrives!

Results for the Mixed, Open Uphill Cheese-Race

The girls are behind, but trying hard!

Anticipation grows for the 4th and final race...

Aaron Harris has challenged Chris Anderson to race against him in the 4th race

Here comes Chris now, how many times has he climbed the hill today?

He doesn't even look tired as he arrives to greet his challenger

The Roller is ready with the last cheese of the 21015 event...

... and for the last time this year, they're off!

(Chris & Ryan in green shirts.)

Only moments later Chris crosses the finish line!

Chris is still looking fresh!

The Catchers have done their job well throughout the day ensuring that the runners are brought safely to a halt.

(Picture courtesy of Peter Salenieks)

Results for the Men's Downhill Cheese-Race, Race 4
Cheese Roller Jamie lee
1st Chris Anderson Brockworth (Glos)
2nd Aaron Harris Brockworth (Glos)

The last (unofficial) mass race takes place involving all those would-be competitors who did not get a place in the main races of the day.

Many return to the top to descend the hill again and again...

These two and mum look as if they have had a good day!

Carefully picking their way down the hill

Slowly and carefully!

The crowds, ever happy and good natured take their time filtering down and away after another great day at the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling.

Once the crowds had gone, volunteers set about making sure every piece of litter was removed form this beautiful area.

Summary of the 2015 Cheese Rolling at Cooper's Hill

In summary the 2015 Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire was very well organised and effectively controlled and marshaled by the small band of enthusiasts from Brockworth and surrounding area.

Their control and organisation of the event was exemplary, every bit as good as when the event was organised by a local company (now dissolved). 
Each year since 2010 when they took over running the event, preparation and organisation of the event has improved year on year, this year the hill was found to be in excellent condition for the Cheese-Rolling due to their hard work. 

The visitors, spectators and competitors, some of whom have traveled very long distances to attend (from Holland, Canada, America, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Japan and Australia to name just a few), were well behaved and friendly and very good natured, each helping others to climb and secure good footing on the steep slope. The atmosphere at the event is fantastic and I'm sure everyone had a really good time, the weather was kind for the event, overcast, but neither too hot or cold! 

There were the usual four downhill races including the women's race, followed by mass descent of the hill as a finale.

The usual scrapes, bumps, grazes and bruises of course as in all years.
Major casualty was a suspected Broken Ankle.

Chris Anderson, after a break of two years was able to compete in the Cheese-Rolling this year, he was much in evidence, clearing the hill, advising competitors and informing visitors about the event.

Lucy Townsend was unable to compete this year due to a strained ankle ligament, she says she will be back next year to take up the challenge to become all time Women's Champion - She is equal third after of the 2014 event.  

The Final race, Race 4 turned out to be a competition between Chris Anderson and Ryan Fairley with Chris winning his fifteenth cheese!

The police this year went in for road closures in a big way, just as in 2014, closing the A46 from the Cross-Hands Roundabout right up to Buckholt road, this made for a safe and pleasant walk along the roads to the event, a real enhancement to the event that was lacking in previous years. 

Parking was provided as always by the nearby Toby Carvery.

There were, as usual, no reported incidents requiring police intervention at or around the event and spectators respected the private properties in the vicinity. 
The police did not patrol the event this year as in the past.
Only one SWAS (NHS) ambulance was called to site, after the main event had been completed to treat a male patient.

On a positive note the event was well attended with a large, good humored crowd of spectators who all enjoyed this excellent day out on Cooper's Hill.
The closure of the A46, previously requested but always denied until the 2014 event year, was excellent and allowed for a carnival atmosphere as people could walk safely along the traffic-free road.

Gloucestershire County Council (the landowner) posted warning notices at the event to ensure that everyone was aware of the potential dangers associated with the event.

Maybe the notice in future years should mention dogs (a very stressful environment for them).
The disabled and infirm should get a mention too!

Parking was made available as last year in a field behind the Cross Hands Public house, now the Toby Carvery, in Brockworth, making access for visitors less traumatic.


'Can You Give It' - The New Exclusive Music Video Starring Chris Anderson

Winner of Two Cheeses In The 2009 Cheese Rolling At Cooper's Hill

The single from The Maccabees...'Can You Give It' was released on 6th July 2009.

The video is a documentation of tradition that takes place every year in the U.K
and it's a look at one person who takes part in the event and how they get on...
Check out the video and see how he gets on!

A complete list of Holidays and Observances in the United Kingdom are available here:

UK Holidays

Coopers Hill Local Nature Reserve is well worth a visit especially in the springtime.

A local nature reserve, 2 miles south of Brockworth on A46, with nationally important beech woodlands and a waymarked walking trail.

At the top, and again at the bottom of the famous hill, sturdy picket fencing has been erected... prevent access to and erosion of the hill.


The view from the top of the Cheese-Rolling hill 

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 is concave, and hence cannot be seen from this point.


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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!
Visits to see the Double Gloucester Cheese being made are possible by arrangement.

The festival was originally held at midsummer but was moved at some time to Whitsuntide, taking place on Whit Monday.

In 1967, the Bank Holiday was moved from the Church's Whitsun Festival to become a 'Spring Bank Holiday' to be on the last Monday in May each year.

The 'Cheese Rolling and Wake' was also moved to that day.

Notice on the hill.


Health & Safety

In 2009 a report was prepared for the Health & Safety Executive by Professor Chris Kemp Teresa Moore of the Buckinghamshire New University entitled "A Review of the management of crowd safety at outdoor street/special events" containing a study of the organization and running of the Cheese-Rolling at Cooper's Hill.

This report praised the organisation of the Cheese Rolling at Coopers Hill.
Special mention was made, regarding the important advice given to the public at in general by this web site (, information that was not made available in concise form elsewhere, specifically relating to the unique circumstances surrounding this event and the location at Cooper's Hill.

This is the original and Only Authoritative Site dedicated to the historic event of Cheese Rolling At Cooper's Hill In Gloucestershire.

  Cheese-Rolling in Gloucestershire by Jean Jefferies is now available Published by Tempus 

This site is totally independent and exists in support of the Cheese-Rolling event and its many thousands of loyal fans.

Here you will find all the latest up-to-the-minute information you need to know about past, present and possible future events.

Donations from companies, individuals or organisations, however small, in support of the preservation of this site are always very welcome. 

Grateful thanks to the people and organisations who give their support to Cheese Rolling and this web site

Click here for a report from the "ThisIsGloucestershire" web site
(Gloucestershire newspapers excellent new look web site)

'Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire' by Jean Jefferies
is now available in paperback from all good bookshops.

First published in 2007, the book charts the history of 
'Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire' through the generations.
Written and illustrated by Jean Jefferies.

Are you in the book?
  Cheese-Rolling in Gloucestershire by Jean Jefferies is now available Published by Tempus  
Only £13.00 inc. P&P
Published in 2007 & available to purchase direct from the Author - Just click here.
A Limited number, of hand signed copies of the book are available to purchase direct from the author and illustrator: Jean Jefferies.

ISBN: 978-0-7524-4302-7
Published By: Tempus Publishing Ltd.



Growing in popularity every year, SoGlos.comís videos of the 2007,2008 2009 and 2011 events have in fact been watched more than five million times on websites around the world. Each year SoGlos produce a video of the Cheese-Rolling.

Now, see what is on in Gloucestershire courtesy of

A big "Thank You" for allowing us to link to these videos.

Have you won the event in the past? - Do we have your details?
Just email your details by clicking this link - Thank you.

Press and media from time to time, ask for competitor details to enable radio and television interviews with current and past winners, would you like us to have your contact details to pass on to interested organisations?


Cooper's Hill, as viewed from the bottom and from the top.
Will YOU be here this year? - Who will win?  - Will there be a new record?

Cooper's Hill is just 300 Meters up this lane from the top of the car park, a very easy walk!

'Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire - the e-book'
is available to purchase and download.
(Also available on CD by post)

Cheese Rolling in Gloucestershire - The e-book is available on CD by post, or available to download now.

(Foreword by Mark Cummings of BBC Radio Gloucestershire)

The book tells the story of Cheese Rolling, who might have been first to roll a missile down the hill and how it developed through the years.

View or download a limited preview of the e-book

Here you will find over 200 photographs, including those of past winners and 'rollers', from the 1940s to 2005.

For further information, please email Cheese Rolling Publications



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