Previous Years

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2009 The Facts 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

In the past, rolling and chasing a cheese were only part of the Cooper's Hill Wake.

There are reports, from the early 1800s , of other competitions;

  •  'dancing for ribbons'
  •  'wrestling for a belt'
  •  'grinning (through a horse's collar) for a cake'
  •  'dipping in a tub of water for oranges and apples'
  •  'bobbing for penny loaves smeared in treacle'
  •  'shin-kicking'!

Later, these events were replaced by a flower show, climbing the maypole, tug-of-war and coconut-shies.

In the early 1900s, 'children's sports and scrambling for buns' were reported. A junior tug-of-war was introduced in the 1970s but this, plus the senior tug-of-war and the children's races had all been abandoned by 1994.

The only event that continued until the most recent times, apart from the Cheese Rolling races and the uphill races, was the children's 'scramble' for sweets that are scattered at the top of the hill after the main events, sadly that had now been discontinued, to be replaced by a number of "unofficial downhill races", predominantly a controlled way to let aspiring future competitors "have a go" at the cheese rolling.

In the past, pieces of cake or biscuits have been used. It is thought that this is symbolic of a fertility rite, performed in the hope of producing a good harvest.

 

Tom Windo scattering fruit cake in 1940s

(Photo believed to be by Eric Thomkins)

 

The event in 1997 - in detail 
The event in 1998 - Was Cancelled 
The event in 1999 - in detail 
The event in 2000 - in detail 
The event in 2001 - Was Cancelled 
The event in 2002 - in detail 
The event in 2003 - in detail
 
The event in 2004 - in detail
 
The event in 2005 - in detail 
The event in 2006 - in detail 
The event in 2007 - in detail
The event in 2008 - in detail
The event in 2009 - in detail
In 2010 the "Official Organising Committee failed to stage an "Official Event", but the Cheese Rolling Continued without them and has done to this day!
The event in 2010 - an excellent "unofficial" event was arranged by cheese rolling enthusiasts.
The event in 2011 - an excellent " unofficial" event was arranged by cheese rolling enthusiasts.
The event in 2012 - an excellent " unofficial" event was arranged by cheese rolling enthusiasts.
The event in 2013 - another "unofficial" event?
The event in 2014 - an excellent event was arranged by cheese rolling enthusiasts.

 

 
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