the event having been cancelled last year on safety grounds, was again held as planned, commencing at mid-day.
The races this year, passed off without serious injury, a great relief to all after the injuries seen at the 1997 event, when 3 competitors were treated by paramedics.
Around 5,000 people are estimated to have watched this year's cheese-rolling.
There was a very excited atmosphere as mid-day approached and the crowd began to chant 'Roll the cheese!'
As usual, competitors ran, tumbled, rolled and slid down after the cheeses in the 4 down-hill races.
Extra safety precautions were taken this year, with a team of stewards and a mountain rescue unit on duty.
The course was also lined with crash barriers normally used for downhill skiing.
Richard Jefferies, a member of the organising committee, said: "I thought everything went very well and the additional safety measures seemed to have paid off.
"It's been a great day and I think the decision to move it to noon stops people having too much to drink before they come."
'Young Farmers' and rugby players were among the experts acting as 'catchers' for the runners who were unable to stop!
There were casualties of course, but every competitor has the opportunity to assess the danger and is responsible for his / her own actions.
We are very grateful to both S.A.R.A.I.D. (Search and Rescue Aid in Disaster) and St. John Ambulance for helping the injured.
We also have to thank 'Regent Security' who provide the marshals.
St.John's Ambulance, as
always, were on hand to treat the injured.
SARAID were, of course hard at work,
without their help the event could not be held!
Please visit the SARAID web site for more information on the organisation and its works, here you can also make a donation to assist their efforts
(Photos © J.J.)
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