the event was again held as planned, commencing at mid-day.
Monday, 29 May, 2000.
Eleven people have been treated for minor injuries following an annual cheese
About 50 daredevils took part in four races
during which an 8lb Double Gloucester cheese was rolled down a 300-yard slope,
with a one-in-two gradient, on Cooper's Hill.
Between 15 and 20 men took part in each male
race and seven women ran in the female race
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.
Recent rain had softened the
ground but the going was still very fast!
|| Steven Brain
||Steve Brain, 32, from Gloucester, had his
title as the top cheese roller snatched from him by fellow competitor
Craig Brown, 26, also from Gloucester.
|| Steven Brain
Rugby player Steve was on his way to winning a hat-trick of races as he
did last year, but was beaten this year on the third by Craig Brown
|Race 3 (Ladies Race)
|| Kirby Shepherd
||The women's winner was 16-year-old Kirby
Shepherd from Brockworth.
She injured her right leg as she tumbled down the slope unable to keep
She said: "I don't even like cheese. My friends made me do it as a
"It was scary. I ran and then buckled. I am not coming back next
year although I feel quite proud about winning."
|Pub landlord Craig Brown,
winner in the fourth race, prevented Steve Brain from getting the hat trick as
he did last year
Our thanks to the guests invited to roll cheeses for
the down-hill races who were:
||Mr. Charles Cotes (County Property
||Cllr. Mark Hendry
||Mrs. Joan Stevens (Local Resident)
||Major Richard Ashenden (Local
'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 were kept busy treating the injured.
Following the race 11 people were treated for
minor injuries, including sprains, tissue damage and a dislocated shoulder. One
person was taken to hospital.
But St John's Ambulance spokesman Jason Ludd said: "In the past we have
treated up to 30 and taken four or five to hospital so this was quite a good
SARAID, were of course hard at
work, their contribution is invaluable!
SARAID are ever ready to fly out at very short notice, to any human disaster
anywhere in the world. They are a totally voluntary, non governmental
organisation, supported by donations. Their work, as is the case with the other emergency
aid organisations, is essential during the first few hours after a disaster,
when their skills at locating injured and trapped survivors of the initial
disaster will save countless lives. It is often the case in disasters, that the
local infrastructure and systems break down and local government and officials
in the immediate vicinity are overwhelmed. Outside assistance therefore is vital
particularly in the first few hours
Please visit the SARAID
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also make a donation to assist their efforts
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(Photos © J.J.)